Credit: Divest London

Platform has one open vacancy at present.

Divest Invest Campaigner – ** NOTE: application deadline now extended to 10am, 6th January 2020 **

To work on Platform’s Divest Invest Campaign in the lead up to COP26 by mobilising and supporting local groups, lobbying and working with local decision-makers and trade unions, managing events and research. Please see Job description and Person Specification[2] for more detail on how to apply.

Hours: 32 hours per week (4 days based on a 40 hour week), flexible by arrangement. Must be able to work in our office on Mondays and Tuesdays.

Contract: Fixed term for 12 months (subject to 3 month probationary period). Start date February/early March 2020  

Salary: £33,000 pa, pro rata adjusted according to need, in line with Platform’s Social Justice Waging System. See Terms & Conditions, below. 

Location: Based in our London office. Some remote working can be arranged by agreement with the line manager but the post holder is expected to be present in the office at least 2 days a week including Mondays.

Application deadline: 10.00am, Monday 6th January 2020. Interviews will be held in Platform’s offices in the week of 6 January.

The campaign

The Divest Invest campaign targets local government pension funds. We campaign to move investments out of fossil fuel companies and into the public good. We work with organisations such as Friends of the Earth, trade unions, councillors and local campaigners to win divestment commitments and move money. So far, we have won fourteen divestment full and partial commitments totalling around £22 billion. These include Waltham Forest, Southwark, and Merseyside, amongst others. Platform, working with grassroots trade union members, persuaded Unison to change their position to support divestment. This was crucial, as they are the biggest union representing municipal workers.

In 2019, the climate movement erupted. Councils declared climate emergencies all over the country. Wider movements organised and called for immediate climate action. In 2020, this trend will continue, culminating when Glasgow hosts COP26. Fossil fuel divestment is a practical solution for councils to show climate leadership. Likewise, it is a viable, longer term local campaign opportunity for the resurgent climate movement.

In the lead up to COP26, we will provide tailored support for local divestment groups. We will analyse vital investment data and generate news stories to build momentum. At the same time, we will bring more trade unions and school strikers into the movement, igniting new divestment campaigns inspired by  the lead of local government. We will help more councils divest, hosting councillor events across the country. Then, as they divest, we will research region specific positive alternatives for pension investment.

Please see the Job description and Person Specification[2] for details and how to apply.

  1. [Image]: https://platformlondon.org/2018/03/29/win-mayor-of-london-and-more-councils-back-divestment/divestlondon/
  2. Job description and Person Specification: https://docs.google.com/document/d/e/2PACX-1vRQsGCsYeW_BhESxDcFgfaoAihhB_3yjxChcEoQJ8tIpbLJyo18Nzt-qiC8Llyzq7YT5tRZcYHeTLMh/pub