02/05/2013

Call To Support Referendum To Protect Security Staff Jobs

SDLP Youth have called for people to get behind a referendum to protect security staff jobs at Queens Student Union.

In 2008, a decision was made in Queen’s University Belfast Students’ Union to outsource some of the security staff positions to G4S. Currently, the students’ union employs students and graduates. The door supervisors are employed by G4S.

The Chair of SDLP Youth Conor McNeill said: "Earlier this month, our security staff were told that their contracts will be terminated at the end of the month. They have two choices- take a job offered with G4S (on a zero-hour contract, without the support and protection that comes with being an employee of the university/union), or lose their job.

"In a single day, almost 1200 students signed a petition calling for a referendum on the issue, which will be held on 9th May.

"The referendum calls for QUBSU Management Board to reverse this decision and stop outsourcing students' union jobs and reaffirm their support for protecting and enhancing job opportunities for students at the university."

(CD)

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