Tomorrow an event on protecting student workers’ rights is taking place in Belfast. The event is being held by NUS-USI student movement and Prospect, BECTU and Unite trade unions at Belfast Metropolitan College. The National Society of Apprentices in Northern Ireland, UCU and QUBSU Vice President Postgraduate will also be speaking at the event.
NUS-USI President Olivia Potter-Hughes said: “It is crucial that the rights of student workers, like apprentices, postgraduates, staff and others are protected. Many students already face significant financial hardship, and it’s important that their work rights are safeguarded and that they get equitable pay.
“In recent times, NUS-USI has heard about the significant challenges that face student workers on zero hours contracts or on low pay. That’s why we are co-organising this student event along with several trade unions.
“If student workers know their rights, they can assert to their employers the rights they have, to try and ensure that they get a fair deal in work. We will be hearing from a wide range of speakers at the event and discussing how student workers can work collectively and get involved in trade unions to enable employees to speak with one voice and help deliver the pay and conditions they want to see in their workplace.
“The clear message at this event is that student workers will not accept low pay or poor conditions, and will work collectively to deliver a fair deal.”