Our Mission

Our mission is to help UK and EU nationals exit precarious work, and equip them with the tools to access fair and lawful employment. To this end, WoRC assists individual workers to understand the UK labour market and access their employment rights, but also seeks to engage local authorities, central government and civil society at large in a collaborative effort to raise the public profile of precarious work, and break the vicious cycle of insecurity and isolation which it engenders.

Aims

  • Make information on legal work, employment rights, and the means of accessing them easily accessible to all British and EU workers in the UK.
  • Assist British and EU workers in understanding their employment status and accessing their employment right.
  • Raise public awareness about the consequences of precarious work.
  • Collaborate with central government in streamlining action against exploitative employers.

The Team

Olivia Vicol

Olivia is a doctoral researcher at Oxford University’s Centre on Migration, Policy and Society. She became interested in precarious work while conducting ethnographic research on Romanian migrants working in low skilled industries in London. Her project highlights the risks faced by people who migrate from rural areas, whose reliance on ethnic networks and distrust of state structures make them particularly vulnerable to exploitative work.

Eliza Galos

Eliza has over six years of full-time work experience on project design/delivery and research related to vulnerable migrants, in addition to previous volunteering with various charities during the five years as a student. She has worked in the charity sector, local government and in academia. During the various projects she has was involved, she has also done frontline/direct assistance work, which she found very rewarding. Eliza holds an MSc in Migration Studies from University of London and a BA in European Studies from University College London. Apart from English, she is fluent in Italian, Romanian and French.

Laura Chilintan

Laura has worked in the homelessness sector for two years, where she researched and fundraised for a project on homeless casual labourers from Central and Eastern Europe. She also accumulated experience in finance, HR and admin through working and volunteering for a South-East London community centre. Laura currently coordinates a project on integration and participation for EU citizens into the UK, for the charity Law Centres Network. She holds an MSc from the London School of Economics and Political Science in Health, Community and Development, and is passionate about the way social determinants such as precarious work and overcrowding impact health and inhibit social mobility.

Adelina Cega

Adelina has done frontline work for a range of charities for over five years. She supported vulnerable individuals on issues related to employability, employment rights, tackling substance misuse and exiting prostitution. She has extensive experience with helping migrants improve their employability. Adelina has a Law degree from Romania and a passion for Criminology.  Adelina speaks Romanian, Italian and English.

Raluca Enescu

Raluca is an LSE graduate with over 4 years of experience in community engagement and pro-EU campaigning, research and data analysis. She is also currently working for Tower Hamlets HealthWatch as a Community Intelligence Analyst. Raluca wanted to be involved with WoRC because she is committed to work against labour exploitation in the workplace and for equal rights of all EU citizens.

Lora Tabakova

Lora is currently studying for her BSc in Business Management at Greenwich School of Business in London. She holds qualifications in business administration, customer service, and quality and diversity at the workplace. Lora had been volunteering in the United Kingdom since 2015 on a variety of projects. In her last project she was a publishing assistant manager for the One Million Project. She is particularly interested in community engagement. Lora speaks Bulgarian and English.

Maria da Graça Prado

Maria has over ten years' experience as a dispute lawyer. She holds an MSc from the London School of Economics and Political Science in Development Management and a PhD in Economic Law from the University of São Paulo. She has volunteered in the third sector in Brazil in community development and access to Justice programs. She has always been interested in Justice and Public Policy issues and more recently monitoring & evaluation. Maria speaks Portuguese and English.

Dasha Vodchic

Dasha is studying Politics and International Relations at Kingston University. She has extensive volunteering and customer service experience where is dealt with a wide range of people. She is passionate about social justice and she enjoys volunteering for WoRC because she believes that the frontline work done through the charity can make a real difference to people’s lives.

Charles Eddy

Charles has worked in software development for seven years, specialising in websites particularly in eCommerce applications. With a background originally in the sciences, he has also worked for a primary care trust.

Zac Downs

With over 9 years of commercial experience as a software developer, and a long running interest in social affairs, Zac has helped the Work Rights Centre build its web and print identity. He currently oversees the development of the website and production of promotional materials.

Our Trustees

Andra Crivii

Andra has worked in finance as a financial analyst for six years specialising in corporate credit.  She is interested in supporting Work Rights Centre given the significant impact of precarious work at both personal and economic level.

Bogdan Popa

A finance professional with seven years of experience in the financial services sector, having personal interests ranging from economics to psychology and decision sciences, Bogdan brings to WORC an interest in people, an independent audit mindset as well as financial expertise.

Holly Robinson

Holly is Senior Finance Officer for a UK thinktank where she has worked since January 2012.  She is due to complete the final stage of her CIMA qualification in late 2016.  Holly has previously been Volunteer Legal Assistant at the CAB and Advice and Information Volunteer at Liberty Human Rights and is keen to help support WoRC as the first organisation to offer free employment-related advice to EU nationals facing work challenges in the UK.

Iolanda Costide

Iolanda is also a trustee of the Paul Neagu Estate. She is involved in community work and she has been lobbying for human rights for the Romanian Diaspora since 1977.

Memberships 

WoRC is a member of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO), Brent Community Advice Network (BCAN), and CVS Brent. CVS is also a member of the Brent Council's Eastern European Network.

Our Sponsors

Our work is currently funded by grants from The London Community Foundation, The Ratiu Foundation and the Brent Advice Fund, and well as by individual private donations.