We want to see Eastern European Londoners living fulfilled lives in decent housing, jobs that pay a living wage and integrated with their local communities, where they can socialise and access support they need
We are looking for creative and sociable volunteers to join our little East European Resource Centre volunteer team! You will be helping our Communities Support Manager with the set up and admin of events for our service users.
EERC is a registered charity, offering support, advice and advocacy to vulnerable Easter European migrants. Our service users are people from all walks of life, however it may become necessary to be able to communicate to them in their native language. For this role we are seeking a Polish speaker.
We are looking for:
+ A good communicator
+ Caring about your community
+ Interested in making a difference
+ Looking to expand your volunteering experience
+ Looking to build your experience at hosting, administration and management of events
If you are interested in the role, or would like to find out more, please write to email@example.com with the subject line “Events volunteer”.
Want to help fellow Eastern Europeans who have felt isolated due the pandemic? If you are looking for a way to give back to the community – we have the right opportunity for you!
We are seeking compassionate volunteers who can have regular telephone chats with vulnerable Eastern Europeans and help them cope with feeling alone and isolated. You will need to speak one of Central and Eastern European languages and be a good listener.
If you have any spare time and you want to make a real difference in someone’s life – get in touch!
If you are interested in the role, or would like to find out more, please write to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Isolation Support volunteer”.
We were approached recently by a client who was a live-in domestic worker. She had been working approximately 60 hours per week, and receiving payment amounting to £1.92 per hour – well below the national minimum wage of £8.72 per hour. Her employer suggested that the worker was not entitled to the national minimum wage, because of the ‘au pair/domestic worker’ exemption.
“The exemption, which was originally designed to apply to au pairs, applies to workers who live in an employer’s family home and are treated “as a member of the family” and benefit from accommodation and meals. But the tribunal heard that the rule has also been applied to maids and other servants, many of whom are migrants.“ As advised by ATLEU, “[t]his is a loophole that has been a conduit to slavery. Traffickers have used [it] to bring in women to households who suffer all kinds of abuses.”
Whilst changes to the exemption are to be made, in the meantime the suggestion that live in domestic workers are not entitled to the national minimum wage should be resisted.
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Covid-19 has greatly affected the way people work, their rights and future prospects of living a decent life in the capital. Since the beginning of the pandemic, we have seen a huge rise in enquiries from people being laid off unfairly, falling through the cracks of government support schemes, exploited and being paid less than minimum wage, being bullied at work – and this is just the tip of the iceberg.
It is now more important than ever that all workers have access to information and know their rights.
East European Resource Centre has partnered with the Greater London Authority and the Mayor’s Office to develop a series of videos on the Furlough Scheme and Self Employment Support Scheme and translate videos on exploitation at work, maternity pay and more.
All these videos are available on the GLA’s Employment Rights Hub, where you can also find videos covering other relevant employment rights issues and information about employment and immigration advice services available in London.
We would like to thank the GLA and the Mayor of London for the having the initiative for this important campaign and for partnering with us and the other great charities to develop it.
EERC note: Some material in these videos may be outdated, with deadline dates changed. Please know that we are doing all in our power to update this information as often as possible. If you have any questions, please get in touch.