Queens University Students Union workers celebrated a major win today as management u-turn delivers 100 percent furlough, backdated to November

After weeks of tireless campaigning, Queens University Students’ Union workers have won their grievance campaign for pay justice! This is a huge result for our members and for casual/zero-hours workers everywhere. These workers had their hours cut to zero by their employer, as a result of Covid lockdowns but they were not re-furloughed at the end of July – leaving most with no income whatsoever.

The behaviour of Queens University who refused to re-enrol them for furlough payments under the Government’s Coronavirus Jobs Retention Scheme was shocking. Queens has now reversed their approach on the back of weeks of protests which received huge levels of support from the student body and the wider public. Our members demanded and won a 100 percent furlough like other trade union members across the university.

This outcome is a huge success for Unite hospitality members at Queens. It demonstrates yet again, the vital importance of collective organisation through a trade union. This is only the start of Unite hospitality’s efforts to win improvements for the casual workers in Queens and indeed across our industry. Well done to all of our members and their reps. Victory to the QUBSU workers!