As the campaign behind a referendum on plans to outsource Student’s Union jobs to private firm G4S gathers momentum, G4S have released a statement on the extension of their contract with QUBSU to The Gown.
“G4S has provided security at Queen’s University Belfast Student Union (QUBSU) since 2009 and last month, QUBSU extended our role to cover security duties previously performed by student staff members. The same number of people will be required to fulfil these duties, working the same number of hours. While there will be flexible working to allow for changes in security demand owing to term time and holiday events, this will also allow students employed by G4S flexibility to work around term time academic and holiday commitments.
We have worked proactively with QUBSU, students and the employees involved over the past weeks to address concerns they may have and we look forward to welcoming these members of staff to G4S.”
The statement comes in advance of a referendum due to be held on the issue, following student concerns surrounding the privatisation of Union jobs. Earlier in the week, almost 1200 students signed a petition in support of the referendum, which will take place on Thursday May 9th, via Queen’s Online (QOL).
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