JOB OPPORTUNITY: Women's Organiser

Sebastien Flais

9 April 2019

  • 11.5 hours per week at London Living Wage+£1
  • Two year fixed-term
  • Deadline to apply 12.00 on Wednesday 17th April

Job description

The Independent Workers’ Union of Great Britain (IWGB) is a new and dynamic union which represents mainly low paid migrant workers, such as outsourced cleaners and security guards, workers in the so-called “gig economy”, such as bicycle couriers and Uber drivers, and foster care workers. The IWGB specializes in representing sections of the workforce which have traditionally been non-unionised and under-represented. The Women’s Organiser is an exciting new role within IWGB, focusing on empowering women members and increasing their capacity to prevent and respond to sexual harassment. This is a two-year, grant-funded position as part of a jointly run project on sexual harassment (SH) and violence against women and girls (VAWG), overseen by the Latin American Women’s Rights Service (LAWRS) and in partnership with our sister union, United Voices of the World (UVW).

The role will involve:

  • Organising 15-18 discussion-based sessions per year for IWGB women members to enable peer support, explore the incidence of sexual harassment in precarious employment and develop recommendations to tackle this issue
  • Working closely with the LAWRS project coordinator and IWGB Women’s Officer to draft policies and procedures to respond to issues of SH and VAWG at work and within the union
  • Recruiting union reps and staff to attend the training provided by LAWRS
  • Liaising with colleagues in branches and in the IWGB Legal Department in order to collate relevant data and reports for the LAWRS project coordinator and for the IWGB Women’s Officer
  • Mapping women in IWGB’s branches and updating membership lists
  • Improving communication with women members through social media, email, text and WhatsApp and in person
  • Organising and liaising with branch Women’s Officers and with women members to increase participation in the union, resolve workplace issues and build capacity
  • Supporting and promoting events relevant to women members, such as International Women’s Day
  • Any other duties consistent with the scope of the post.

The ideal candidate will:

  • be confident dealing with people, and a good listener
  • be organised and able to work independently and as part of a team (both within and outside the organisation)
  • have experience of organising in a union or similar setting
  • have a strong understanding of issues facing women in the workplace and within unions
  • have experience of working with and representing workers
  • enjoy working with, enthusing and engaging workers from different backgrounds, often working long hours in a variety of precarious jobs
  • speak Spanish (desirable)

Other information about the role

  • This role reports directly to the IWGB Vice President and indirectly to the LAWRS Project Coordinator and the IWGB Women’s Officer.
  • All roles within IWGB are paid at the rate of London Living Wage + £1 (currently £11.55/hour in total). IWGB also offers a generous pension scheme and good terms and conditions including 30 days’ annual leave (pro-rata).
  • Working days are to be agreed, but must include some hours on EITHER Tuesdays or Wednesdays and will include some weekend working.
  • Due to the nature of the role, you will be required to participate in organisational activities in the weekends and/or outside your usual working days/hours. Time off in lieu (TOIL) can be taken when this is the case.
  • This job description outlines the current main responsibilities of the post, however, the duties of the post may change and develop over time and the job description may be amended in consultation with the post holder.

Equality Act notice

This post is open to women only in accordance with the Equality Act 2010. We encourage applications from disabled and LGBTQ+ women.

How to apply

Please send your CV and covering letter outlining how you meet the criteria for this role to catherinemorrissey@iwgb.co.uk no later than 12.00 on Wednesday 17th April.

Interviews will be held on the afternoon of Tuesday 23rd April.