We are excited to be hiring a Senior Organiser to join the Organising department at IWGB. We are looking for someone with extensive experience of organising, campaigns and experience line managing people.
The Independent Workers’ Union of Great Britain (IWGB) is a new and dynamic union which consists of mainly low paid, migrant and/or precarious workers, such as outsourced cleaners and security guards, workers in the so-called “gig economy”, such as cycling instructors and Uber drivers, and foster care workers.
The role is permanent and full time, which is 35 hours per week. We are open to discussing a mutually beneficial working pattern with the right candidate. During the COVID-19 lockdowns, and for as long as it is unsafe to return to the office, this job will be fully remote. The postholder should ideally be able to commute to our London office when it reopens.
We expect the successful candidate to have:
● A passion for building truly member-led trade unions
● An understanding of the importance of disruptive industrial action
● Significant experience of campaigning within the trade union context
● Significant experience of organising
● Experience of line managing others
● Supporting branches to organise and campaign and providing guidance where needed
● Line management of Organisers and Branch Coordinators who work within our branches
● Deputising for the Head of Organising and Branch Support as required
● Collaborating with the General Secretary, President and Head of Organising and Branch Support on specific projects
● any other duties consistent with the post
Pay, holiday and annual leave
Everyone working for the IWGB is paid London Living Wage plus £3 per hour, (which currently totals £13.85 per hour) and an optional 6% employee-paid and 13% employer-paid pension. They also receive 30 days’ annual leave + 8 bank holidays and 6 months’ sick pay (prorated based on how many days per week they work).
You can download an application form from the ‘Work with us’ page of our website. Please send your completed application form with the subject Senior Organiser job application” to [email protected] by 20 April 2021. Please let us know in your email where you have seen our advertisement so we can improve our hiring processes.
Founded in August of 2012, the IWGB now consists of 12 branches. The branches are highly autonomous and lead on campaigning for better pay and conditions in their industry. IWGB campaigns are known for being bold, vibrant, loud and effective. In addition to campaigning, the IWGB’s Legal Department is also highly active, providing representation on a range of employment matters such as disciplinary processes, grievances, private hire licensing, and employment tribunals. The IWGB organises social events for members, Spanish and English classes, and holds regular meetings where members can engage and feed into policy. We are a democratic organisation with all officials being regularly elected.
As an organisation that fights for workers’ rights, we strongly believe no applicant or employee should face discrimination or harassment based on their gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability status, age, or marital/domestic partner status. You can read more in the IWGB Statement of Inclusivity. Please let us know if you have any requirements for interview.
Above all, we’re looking for someone with empathy and the determination to support workers who fight for better conditions.
We like to be open and up front with what our hiring process looks like so people know what to expect. Please see below the typical steps in our recruitment process.
Once the advertisement has been taken down, a shortlist of candidates will be selected by the hiring committee to proceed to the next steps. All candidates will be informed of their application outcome within two weeks of the closing date, whether or not they’re proceeding to the next stage.
Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed via Zoom by a panel of IWGB elected officials and/or staff. Candidates will be interviewed by the same panel to ensure consistency.
Following these interviews, it is possible that there will be a second stage of interviews.
The hiring committee will convene with the goal of selecting and making an offer to one of the candidates. We will offer feedback to people who were interviewed but not selected.
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