How SAW works

SAW is organised into Workplace Branches and Working Groups. Workplace Branches are formed when members organise in their practices and engage colleagues directly. Working groups are how we organise across the whole sector – workers from different workplaces work together, share tools, tips, & training and coordinate actions. 

Workplace Branches

Workplace Branches are where you are most powerful. By building strong relationships with your coworkers and taking action you can win the changes you need! If a branch does not already exist in your workplace, Members of SAW will support you in setting-up or joining your own Workplace Branch.

Working Groups

Worker Solidarity is how we come together as members to support each other in our employment issues: be that a collective dispute or an individual case. Members across different workplaces workshop and take action together,which ranges from: a workplace petition, a grievance letter, legal action, a demonstration to a strike!

Outreach: In order to be able to fight against endemic exploitation within the sector we need to BUILD THE UNION. Outreach focuses on expanding SAW’s membership across the sector. They promote SAW at public events, talk to graduating students, train members to talk publicly and how to engage their architectural friends, and foster relationships with other organisations. 

Communications focuses on amplifying architectural workers voices on social media, and in the architectural and national press. Communications empower and train members to speak publicly about their workplace issues.  

Caucus Groups

There are: Freelancer, Students and University Workers, and BAME Worker Caucus Groups which carry out research, communication, and member-to-member support.