Goldsmiths Security Staff In-Housing Petition




On Saturday 13 January, Goldsmiths security guards union branch (The Independent Workers’ Union of Great Britain Security & Receptionist Branch) voted unanimously to campaign to be brought in-house at Goldsmiths. The workers are seeking the same terms and conditions as their in-house colleagues, which include a workplace pension and equal entitlement to holiday, sick, maternity and paternity pay, as well as other staff benefits.

Galvanized by deteriorating working conditions and the recent in-housing announcement for the ongoing cleaners’ campaign, security workers have organised themselves with confidence that staff and students will support their efforts for fairer working conditions. Security staff at Goldsmiths have gone many years without union representation, so it is with great enthusiasm that they welcomed the presence of IWGB on campus: a union whose principal remit has been to represent predominantly low-paid migrant and/or BAME workers facing precarity, such as outsourced cleaners and security guards. Within the space of a few months, security staff have successfully reached and surpassed the required 50% membership density with IWGB, showing a fantastic unity of purpose and organisational coordination.

As with cleaning staff, our colleagues in security face significantly worse working conditions than regular members of staff at Goldsmiths as these workers are employed by outsourcing security firm CIS Security Ltd. As such, security guards are treated as second-class workers despite providing a vital and demanding service for the university without which it simply would not function. Some security guards have been at Goldsmiths for more than 15 years and in spite of their loyalty to the college over that time, have only seen their working conditions worsen.

Some examples of the detrimental working conditions endured by security officers at Goldsmiths include:

  • In 2016, CIS restructured their operations at Goldsmiths, wholly to the detriment of the working conditions of security staff. This restructure shifted responsibilities and increased workloads; extra work previously undertaken by other Goldsmiths staff was delegated to security staff without raising their pay. Pre-2016 restructure there were 11 security officers who attended to staff, students and the school property on the day shift and the same number for the night shift (with each shift running for 12 hours 7am-7pm / 7pm-7am). In addition to this there were extra floating staff for the day shift. The number of workers has since been reduced to 9 security officers per shift. Security guards now regularly walk more than 15 miles per shift patrolling the campus.  
  • A widespread lack of “proper” i.e. permanent contracts for many security officers, and a large reliance on zero-hour contracts – even for those with years of service – means there is little job security for many staff members. Security officers have complained in numbers to CIS management of the inconvenience of being paid in the middle of the month but nothing has been done to address this issue. Security officers report that on occasion wages have not been received on time.
  • Health and safety directives administered by CIS Security Ltd, which stipulate that security officers patrolling areas at night should never work alone, are not being adhered to at Goldsmiths. Security officers are required to patrol the New Cross area late at night unaccompanied and have testified to feeling unsafe at work. Workers have been threatened with violence whilst doing their job and no reasonable measures to improve staff safety have followed the reporting of such incidents. Additionally, security officers are regularly at risk when patrolling physically unsafe areas of the college alone (such as rooftops) or when checking on intruder alarms when the university is locked up, practices which are contrary to the health and safety directives given.
  • Security guards are forbidden from taking lunch in the college canteen and are not provided parking space in the college grounds. The absence of such basic amenities demonstrate the everyday conditions of a two-tier workforce which leave workers feeling peripheralized and undervalued in their own workplace.
  • Further details on some of the incremental changes in workloads and working conditions are detailed on the Precarious@Gold blog.

As the Justice for Workers Goldsmiths campaign have argued before, reputably toxic outsourcing companies such as ISS are not exceptional cases. The outsourcing sector thrives by aggressively undermining workers’ pay and conditions and allows institutions to outsource employment responsibilities to less regulated private agencies. As outsourcing predominantly impacts facilities services in the university sector, these cost cutting methods always come at the expense of health and safety standards.

CIS are legally required to provide the statutory minimum holiday and sick pay to their employees. However, just as with ISS and the cleaners, this legal requirement is not formally implemented by CIS, with workers testifying that sick pay is entirely unregulated and rarely paid while holiday time is near impossible to arrange. And just like ISS, CIS management has been singling out security officers actively organising themselves with their union and subjecting them to intimidation. Union busting is illegal under UK law and this will not be tolerated by the Goldsmiths community. IWGB has already been forced to write to CIS and Goldsmiths management regarding anti-union activity (letter sent 23 Jan 2019).   

Following the successful cleaners’ campaign, representatives of Goldsmiths management were eventually forced to admit that ISS had indeed flouted many of the employment standards that the institution prides itself as upholding. Goldsmiths management acknowledged that outsourcing cleaning services had negatively impacted the working conditions and morale of cleaning staff, had adversely affected cleaning standards and had permitted communication between cleaning staff and Goldsmiths administrators to break-down. This was all to vindicate many of the concerns we, with the support of over 300 members of Goldsmiths staff, raised with management very early on in the year. The only way to avoid repeating the same mistakes is to bring security staff back in-house immediately. By doing so they will benefit from the same payroll and HR departments and the same employment rights as all other in-house members of staff.

As workers at Goldsmiths, we show solidarity with the concerns of our colleagues and signal to Goldsmiths’ Senior Management Team and college council that there is strong support for bringing security staff back in-house as soon as possible.

We believe swift and decisive action now, in line with Goldsmiths values of being socially aware and socially engaged, actively promoting sustainability and fostering a social and intellectual community within, and beyond, Goldsmiths, will serve the long term interests of the college.

Security staff are a crucial and valued part of the Goldsmiths community, they deserve respect and employment parity. Union representatives of Goldsmiths security guards have requested that negotiations regarding in-housing begin no later than 1st February 2019 (read letter sent 15th January 2019 here). If Goldsmiths management do not enter into negotiations with IWGB by 1st February, we the undersigned are fully prepared to stand with our colleagues in their campaign for justice.

In Solidarity,

Justice for Workers, Goldsmiths




Please use your full names, role/department/affiliation where applicable. Names will be added below periodically.

***UPDATE 26.3.19: 210 staff members and 208 students have signed the petition so far! ***


Goldsmiths College Staff: 

Roberto Mozzachiodi, MCCS
Thomas Greenwood, Staff / Student Media, Comms and Cultural Studies
Annie Goh, PhD Student and Associate Lecturer, MCCS
George Briley, Postgraduate Student, Anthropology
Joe Leam, Students Union Campaigns Officer
Marina Vishmidt, staff
Alice Elliot, Lecturer, Anthropology
Stefan Zambinski, Technical Advisor
James Curran
Ceiren Bell, Staff, Media Comms and Cultural Studies
Lorenzo Pezzani, Lecturer in Forensic Architecture, Centre for Research Architecture
James Burton, Lecturer, MCCS
Sarah Nankivell, Staff/Visual Cultures
Carol Clarkson, Staff Visual Cultures
Diana Stevenson, Staff – Library
Lizzie Reed, Lecturer in Sociology
Martin Savransky, Lecturer, Department of Sociology
Elizabeth Evans, staff
Sean Cubitt, staff
Richard Hull, staff
Neda Genova, PhD Candidate in Cultural Studies
Jon K Shaw, Precarious Staff, Visual Cultures
Ciarán Ó Dochartaigh, PhD Student
Richard MacDonald, MCCS
Angus Sinclair, Library Worker
Simon Deacon, Co-head of Music
Dr Aparajita Mukhopadhyay Associate Lecturer, Department of History
Helena Reckitt Staff Art
Stella Harvey Lecturer, ELC
Conrad Moriarty-Cole PhD student/associate lecturer MCCS
Katherine Robinson, Lecturer, Sociology
Edgar Schmitz staff
Vincent Moystad Postgraduate Coordinator, Associate Lecturer, PhD Student
Martin Webb. Staff. Anthropology
Richard Smith Staff/Department of MCCS
Daniel Neofetou Library assistant
Ozden Sahin Staff at Library and MCCS
Helen Cornish Staff, Anthroplogy
Dr Derek Wall Associate Lecturer/Politics and IR
Marian Carty Staff
Pauline von Hellermann Senior Lecturer, Anthropology
Joseph Attard UCU member, Goldsmiths Marxist Society
Shruti Desai Peter
Nigel Rees Associate Lecturer
Carl Dunford-Gent Staff – Library
Alex Coupe, Associate Lecturer MCCS
Kate Nash, staff
Caspar Addyman staff
Tamar Steinitz Staff, English and Comparative Literature
Ignacio Rivera Sociology Department
Jan Plamper staff
Gavin Weston Staff – Anthropology
Aleksandar Brkic Lecturer at ICCE
Jason Holdway
Lucy Clout Staff, art department.
Charlotte Joy Staff – anthropology
Dr. Deirdre Daly Lecturer ASC Jane Cameron Staff
Jane Cameron, Staff
Susan Jean, Staff – Research Services
E Gonzalez-Polledo, staff anthropology
Katharina Richter, Politics/ student & staff
Andy Freeman, Lecturer/Computing
Kate Morris, Media, communications and cultural studies
Anamik Saha, Senior Lecturer, MCCS
Akanksha Mehta, Lecturer in Media, Comms and Cultural Studies
Anthony McKay, Appeals & Complaints
Nigel Smith, Technical Operations Manager, Department of Media, Communications & Cultural Studies
Jack Mooney, Postgraduate Administrator
Tassia Kobylinska, MCCS
David Jenkins, Governance and Legal
Liz Moor, Senior Lecturer, MCCS
Gholam Khiabany, MCCS
Sanjay Seth, Professor of Politics
Nicole Sansone, Art History Lab Coordinator/Visual Cultures
Matthew Broderick, Legal and Governance
Louise Chambers, Lecturer
John Wadsworth, Senior Lecturer – Educational Studies
Feyzi Ismail, Lecturer, Department of Media, Communications and Cultural Studies
Evelyn Ruppert, Sociology
Kat Jungnickel, Sociology
Matthew Fuller, Professor, MCCS
Philip Palmer, Dept of Media, Communication and Culture
David Kuper, Enterprise
Imogen Burman, Music
Harry Goodsman,
Shela Sheikh, Lecturer/MCCS
Gerry McCulloch, MCCS
Sanja Vlaisavljevic, Enterprise
Aidan Sheridan, Enterprise Manager
Amanda Kipling, Educational Studies
William Gabbett,
Madaleine Grace Tillyard, AL/ PHD Student, MCCS
Ros Gray, Senior Lecturer, Department of Art
Tracy Bass, Media, Communications & Cultural Studies
Lennaart van Oldenborgh, PhD student and Associate Lecturer, MCCS
Sarah Lambert,
Arnold Borgerth Filho, Lecturer/Media Communications & Visual Culture
David Murphy, Media
Priya Sharma, AL mccs
Jonathan Koestle-Cate, Associate Lecturer, Media, Communications and Cultural Studies
Saini Manninen, PG Coordinator/MCCS
Florence Platford, AL English and Comparative Literature
Jón Gunnar Ólafsson, PhD Student and Associate Lecturer, MCCS
Sofia Wickerhauser, MA Script Writing
Helen Coombes, Immigration Advisory Service Manager
Andreas Kramer, Lecturer, ECL
Jenny Doussan, Lecturer, Visual Cultures
Viola Eidenbenz, English Language Centre
Natalie Fenton, MCCS
Andrew Kingham, Staff
Alice Andrews, Lecturer, Visusl Cultures
Jorella Andrews, Lecturer Visual Cultures Dept
Rebekah Price, Library
Jeremiah Spillane, Library & PhD student and Associate Lecturer in Music
Tisha Neale, Immigration and Legal Services Coordinator / Immigration and Legal Services
Jon Hayes, Admissions
Natasha Hoare, Goldsmiths CCA
Xueni Pan, Computing
Vicki Baars, Strategy and Review Manager – Sexual Harassment
Dr Clea Bourne, Senior Lecturer
Mindy Bour, ITS
Ayse Ozyukselen Research Finance
Chuks Ebeye, Research Services
Galina Skvortsov, Societies Coordinator, Students’ Union
Anna Tango, Academic Representation Coordinator
Leila Mani Lundie, Liberation Coordinator, Students’ Union
Zara Aboubakar
Denisa Turturea, Office Coordinator / SU
Charlotte Hamilton, Commercial Events Coordinator – SU
Madeleine Spink, Against Sexual Violence Project Coordinator, Students’ Union
Sofia, SU
Thaniyah Miah, Campaigns and Democracy Coordinator, Goldsmiths Students’ Union
Melissa Zadmoghadas, Academic Events Coordinator
Tolu Magbagbeola, Students Union
Mona Mounir, Welfare and Diversity Officer – SU
Simon McVeigh, Music
Annamaria Cavaliero, Art Psychotherapy Lecturer (STACS)
Jen Molinera
Priya Bose, SU Advice Service
Asif Butt, Student, Media, Communications & Cultural Studies
Katie Simpson, Art Department
Anna Grant, Lecturer, Educational Studies
Andy Boucher, Design
Sarah McCrory, Goldsmiths CCA
Roxy Walsh, art
JT, SU President
David Brenner, Lecturer / Politics
Dr Derek Wall, Lecturer. Politics and IR
Evelyn, Students union
Yari, Systems Assistant Technician (Library)
Marian Carty, Education PGCE Secondary Languages
Laurence Connor, Educational Studies
Coral McCarthy, Administraton – Educational Studies
Vicki Ryf, Lecturer
Des Freedman, Media, Communications and Cultural Studies
Suhail Malik, Reader in Critical Studies, Art
Angelique Golding,
Roberto Casaluce, Library
Antoinette Carey, Development and Alumni
Molly Smyth, Student Support Services
Althea Greenan, curator Special Collections Library
Silvia Rosani, Library
Kitty McKay, Art
Victor Adeyeye
Jen Molinera
Sanjita Majumder, Graduate Trainee Tutor/Student, Visual Cultures
Macarena Yarza, Educational Studies
Clare Watkins, Student Recruitment
Dimitra Gkitsa, Visual Cultures Staff/PhD Student
Sian Prime, Lecturer
Naho Matsuda
Sarah Jenkins, Art Department
William Gaver, Professor of Design
Wonjoon Kang
Arnold Borgerth Filho, Lecturer/Media & Communications Culture Studies
Dr. Josephine Berry, Media, Communications and Cultural Studies
Nikolaus Perneczky, AL, MCCS
Nick Bell, Technical Adviser MCCS
Jack Evans
Tony Dowmunt, Emeritus Professor / Media, Communications and Culture
Oana Parvan, Assistant Lecturer
Laurence Connor, Educational Studies
Jane-May Martin, Department Coordinator, Goldsmiths
Tomas Kaspar, Music Technician
Nick Powell, Music Department – Engineer
Vik Loveday, Lecturer, Sociology
Anamik Saha, Senior Lecturer/MCCS
Gati Gorska, TAP/MU
John Wadsworth, Senior Lecturer, Educational Studies
Catherine Rosario, Associate lecturer
Dr Jason Hickel, Lecturer, Department of Anthropology
Rebecca Carson, Fine art
Marko Ampuja, Visiting Fellow, MCCS
Gwendolin Barnard, Staff
Laura Belinky, Technical Advisor / MC&CS
Aeron Davis, University lecturer
Jacob Love, MCCS
Julian Henriques, Professor
Giulia Montini, Visual Culture
Margaret Remana, Associate Lecturer ELC
Kiran Grewal, Reader, Department of Sociology

Goldsmiths College Students: 

Robert Munton, student
Kierin Offlands Student, Politics and IR, Union Chair of Goldsmiths SU
Orla Mohammed, student
Jake Roberts, MCCS
Manzar Samii, Media and Cultural Studies
Grace, Sociology
Lynsay Hodges, Sociology
Kiona Niehaus, PhD Student, Computing
Srikrupa, Media and communication
Jessie McLaughin, Art
Sarah Chara, Visual Cultures
Beeke Melcher, Politics
Nicole Sansone, MC&CS
holly isard, visual cultures
Christina, Media and Communications
Aron Rossman-Kiss, Art
Jade Dagwell-Douglas, Art
Monica Nencini, Fine Art
Callum Scott, Media and Communications
Antje Scharenberg, Media Communications and Cultural Studies
Laura Thamotheram, Media and Communications
Patricia Szoradova, MA Gender, Media and Culture
Janaki, Fine art
Zhenia Vasiliev
Johann Choron, Media and Communication
Ayse Kondakci, Media, Communications and Cultural Studies
James Phillips, Media, Coms & Culture Studies
leyla khoda, media
Odessa Warren, Media, Communications and Cultural studies
Linnea Frank, Sociology
Tabitha hawkes, Fine art
Assiya Amini, MCCS
Amanda Hope Macari, Media, Communications and Cultural Studies
Verity Nevitt, Politics student
Gabriela Lopez Yanez, TAP
Marianne Lound-McGowan, Sociology
Eddy Dennis Politics BA
Yari Lanci PhD Candidate / Sociology
Sofia Wickerhauser MA Script Writing
Ruth Singleton Sociology
Sandra Kazlauskaite, Media & Communications
Sasha Litvintseva, PhD MCCS
Karl Thomas, History
Christopher Bennett-Grant, Visual Cultures
Laure Jaumouillé, CCS
Taylor McGraa, Goldsmiths Students’ Union
Eltahir Ibrahim, Computing
Yasmin Sherif, Theatre and Performance
Terrelle Iziren, Politics and International Relations
Manmohan Sually, Sociology
Francesca Birkett-Keogh, Sociology
Catia, English
Daniel Oldfield, Anthropology
Dominic, Music
Natasha Egginton, Visual Cultures
Kezia Davies, MFA Curating, Art Department
Shahima, English
Reem Saleh, Sociology
Maximilian Herbert, Visual Cultures
Felix Hunt, Visual Cultures
Heather Blore, student
Babajide, History
Rahul Prasad, ECL
Reuben O’Connell, Institute of Management Studies
Jitka Navratilova, Anthropology student
Ruhi, Politics
Agnes Oredsson
Leola, Anthropology
Ifor Duncan, Visual Cultures
Dominic O’Donoghue, Media & Communications
Simon Omorodion-Bowie, Design
Tabitha Avanzato
Ella Spencer Grant, Media and Communications
finn Page, music
Emily Roberts, Anthropology and Media
Ailsa Grace Greaves, Anthropology
Connor Borland, Sociology
Sean Greentree, Sociology
Sanjita Majumder, Visual Cultures
Rachel Katherina, Anthropology
Jason Jennings, Pgce
Sinead Furlong, Pgce
Joe conrad, Pgce
George Nicholls, Education
Ben Gorton, anthropology
Mark Johnson, PGCE
Iarla Prendergast Knight, Anthropology
Joseph, Management & Entrepreneurship
Jordan Knights, Anthropology
Holly Rowley, art
Charlotte Hill, Media, Communication and Culture
Charlie gardner, Sociology
Gemma Hedge, Anthropology
Gabriella Poznansky, Politics
Jane-May Martin, Educational Studies
Stephanie Laleva, BA Sociology
Andrea Butler, Media & Comms
Samuel Turkson, Media and communications
Amin, Anthropology
Phoebe wilding, Politics and IR
Harry Binding, Music
Lisanne Brouwer, ICCE
Rosie, Media and Comms
Raad Al Gabril Ahmad
eve upton-clark, english
Abigail Bailey, Anthropology and Media
Paula Krause, Anthropology and Media
Leonor Fernandes, Media, Communications & cultural studies
Ayesha Keshani, Visual Cultures
Laura Brampton, Media and Communications
Youness Elharrak, Music and Computing
Nick Granata, Art
Lily Quarton-Parsons
Sean Cumming, STaCS
Victoire, Anthropology and sociology
Natasha Rowan, English
Julia Svensson, Sociology
Benjamin Wright
Robert Hillson, Computing
Rachel Hye, Education
Elena Adams, Computing
Dara Honeysett-Williams, Anthropology and media
Polly Rawcliffe, Education
Emmily Fitzpatrick, Student
Jack Baile, Media and Communications
Elsa Nicholls, Politics
Diana, Anthropology
Brigita Gerikaite, Politics and International relations
Emily Hartley, English
Sonia rett, Visual Cultures
Andreas Løppenthin, Sociology
Sinead Gibson, Psychosocial studiesglo
Liam Hart, Visual Sociology
Diane groothuysen, Sociology
Rebecca Higgins, Sociology
Doris Poon, Sociology
Kali Schreck, English
Artemis Crowley, Sociology
Alexia Guglielmi, Media and Communications
Olivia Mello, Media and communications
Madiha Mubarik, Media, Communications and Cultural Studies
Rinah Ankunda, Media and Communications
Gervais Beecham-Sainsbury, Media and Communication
Eric Ezeogu
Johanna de Verdier, Computing
Reece W Miller, T.A.P
Eleanor Affleck, History
Hadel osman, Education
Stanley Bidston-Casey, Design
Jack Lowerson, Design
Jo Lockwood, Design
Joe futak, Music
Jack Bass, Media & Coms
Agathe Fauchille, Psychology
Tina zoellner, Media
Issy Wharton, Media
James Street, History
Lucy Morcombe, Media & Communications
Minky, Design
Mackenzie Westwood, Visual Cultures
Becky tyler
Delphine Bueche, ECL
Phoebe fisher, History student
Jidechukwu, Computing
Alice, Sociology
Jamilex Miranda, Psychology
Julie Al -Hinai, Anthropology
Jasmine Padda, Design
Emily Sara Rose Walker, Media and Communications
Joni Alizah Cohen, Research Student @ MCC
Grace Elliott, Sociology
Shirley Ortiz Patarroyo, Anthropology
Troy Cook, Music
Ash Reid
Sarah Blake, English and Comparative Literature
Neyha Patel
hannah, Politics and International Relations
Tom Treherne, Psychology
Emma Abrahams, English and comparative literature
Ruah Berney-Pearson, Theatre and Performance
Margaux, Theatre
Rosie Hoile, History
YU HAN LU, Drama and Theare
Isobel Morshead, Music
Natusha Croes, Theatre
Madeline, Music
hazal karaca, media and communications
Ahmed Al-waili, Computing
bilal ismail, computing
Lily, English
Hanan Karim, Politics and International Relations
Fateha, English
Manasvi Dethekar, Music
Sasha Bains
tahia, psychology
Azra Miah, Psychology
Jacob Reynolds, Anthropology
Tharema , psychology
Klodjana sula, Sociology
Zahra Al-Aza, English and Comparitive Literature
rhiannon barton, english
Milda, Psychology
giulia montini, visual culture
Janki, English
Nathan Czapnik
Stella Purvis
Janet Lui, MA Pol Comm
Ayo, History
Shauna Warren-grace, History & Politics
Angus Bamford, ICCE

Community Members:

Jo Grady
Lucile Quéré
Paolo Ruffino, Goldsmiths alumni
Eva Wilson, Freie Universität Berlin
Cllr Alan Hall, Councillor – Lewisham Council
Gareth Spencer Secretary, PCS Southbank Centre Branch
Charlotte Harwood
Adam Abdullah, Young Mayor of Lewisham
Heather, KCL J4C
Charlotte Terrell
Kevin, Unite
Hannah Jones, Goldsmiths Alumna
Nadia Hasan
Rosie Allen, Kcl
Greg Ryan, UCU London Metropolitan University
Jack Jeans, PCS union rep, Tate
Deirdre Smith, Brother in law is a Goldsmiths student
Sophie Burgess, Ex-Student
Tijmen Lamers, Student of another university
Jason Holdway
Dr Michelangelo Paganopoulos, University of London
Ilya Polyakov
Alejandro Villa duran Community student rca
Laura Steen, Ex-student at Goldsmiths
Dontae Fresh
Rachel Wilson, Ex student at Goldsmiths
O Brambill, Alumnae and local resident


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