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

  • Help British and EU workers understand their employment status, and access their employment rights.
  • Collaborate with stakeholders across government and the third sector, in streamlining action against exploitative work.
  • Raise public awareness about the consequences of precarity.

The Team

Dora-Olivia Vicol

Olivia is co-founder and Director of the Work Rights Centre. A trained anthropologist, she became interested in employment justice during her doctoral study at The University of Oxford, where she conducted an ethnography of Romanian migrants to London. At the Work Rights Centre she takes the lead in grant making and impact monitoring, policy development and research, ensuring that staff, projects, and activities further the charity's mission to widen access to justice.

Lora Tabakova

Lora is our Service Provision and Development Manager at the London clinic, leading on casework with clients in the South of England, and partnership building with like minded organisations. She holds qualifications in business administration, customer service, and equality and diversity at the workplace, as well as Level 5 HND in Business Management from Plymouth University. Lora is particularly interested in community engagement, and has contributed to a variety of projects over the years, including the One Million Project, where she was a publishing assistant manager. Outside of WoRC, Lora is enrolled in a BA International Business Management at the University of West London. She speaks Bulgarian and English.

Kasia Figiel

Our Fundraising and Finance Manager since 2017, Kasia has over six years of editorial and project management experience gained working in academic publishing. At WoRC, she is responsible for charity accounts, exploring new fundraising opportunities, and monitoring spend on existing projects. She joined WoRC because she believes that all workers, regardless of their nationality or migration status, should have access to fair employment and decent pay. Kasia speaks Polish and English.

Raluca Enescu

Raluca joined the Work Rights Centre in 2016 as a volunteer, and is now data analyst and Manager of the Manchester clinic. An LSE graduate with years of experience in community engagement, research, and data analysis, she is also currently working for Tower Hamlets HealthWatch as a Community Intelligence Analyst. Raluca joined the Work Rights Centre because she is committed to combating labour exploitation, and granting equal rights of all UK and EU citizens.

Zac Downs

Zac is a software developer with a long running interest in social affairs. He has been a supporter of the Work Rights Centre since its foundation, and has built its web and print identity. He currently oversees the development of the website, digital tools, and production of promotional materials.

Andrei Savitski

Andrei works in service provision and is about to start his degree in Local Economic Development at LSE. Having joined us in February of 2020, he is passionate about reaching out to Russian and Ukrainian speaking communities. As far as he is aware, WoRC is the only free outlet for members of these communities to resolve employment and employability issues.

Bethany Birdsall

Bethany joined Work Rights Centre in 2020 as a part of London’s service provision team. A fluent Spanish-speaker originally from Minnesota USA, Bethany has been working with migrant and refugee populations in various capacities for over 9 years. Bethany moved to London in 2016 to pursue an MSc in Migration, Mobility and Development from SOAS University London – and has stayed ever since. Outside of WoRC she is an Employment Advisor at the Indo-American Refugee and Migrant Organization (IRMO), one of the leading groups supporting the Latin American population in London. At IRMO, Bethany leads a project supporting migrants and refugees who find themselves underemployed or in precarious or exploitative work.

Ana-Maria Cirstea

Ana-Maria joined the Work Rights Centre as a Research Assistant in the spring of 2020. Her responsibilities include documenting precarious employment through case studies and helping in development and outreach projects. An anthropologist in training, Ana-Maria believes in the power of ethnography to better understand the power imbalances and avenues of resistance that are part and parcel of work. She is currently conducting her PhD research at Durham University exploring the link between work, belonging, and migration in the lives of Romanians in London. Ana-Maria speaks Romanian and English.

Serena Fragagnano

With over 7 years experience as a language teacher in UK schools, Serena has joined the Work Right Centre Manchester branch in 2020,  as a Service Provision Assistant to support EU migrants improve their professional mobility. An Italian native speaker, she also speaks English, French, Spanish and Mandarin Chinese.

Luca Pace

Luca joined the Manchester team as a volunteer in 2020. He focuses on Social Media outreach, but also supports with service provision and translation. With a background in teaching Italian and Spanish in the secondary schools of Greater Manchester, Luca is an advocate for improving social mobility through education. Outside of our team, he currently works in Student Recruitment at Manchester Metropolitan University and is a part-time student at the same institution pursuing an MA in Higher Education. Luca speaks Italian, English and Spanish.

Our Trustees

Holly Robinson - Chair of Trustees

Holly is a qualified accountant and Finance Business Partner for an education charity.  She has spent her career to date working in charities of varying sizes and is committed to the sector and to WoRC as the first organisation to offer free employment-related advice to EU nationals facing work challenges in the UK.

Laura Chilintan

Having worked in the homelessness sector for two years, Laura currently coordinates a project on integration and participation for EU citizens into the UK, for the 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.

Mona Zeineddine

Mona is a communications and advocacy specialist with over 5 years of experience in human rights and global development.

As of March 2020, we have also welcomed Andrei Decu, Laura Tutu, and Julia Himmirch onto our board.

Memberships 

WoRC is a member of several national and local voluntary associations, because we firmly believe that social justice comes from working together. We have established referral networks with the Free Representation Unit, Law Works and Advocate, and are proud members of the Employment Legal Advice Network. 

We are also active members of local community networks supported by local authorities. To date, we are collaborating with Brent (via CVS, Brent Community Advice Network, Brent Eastern European Network), Barnet (via the Romanian and Eastern European Hub), Bromley (via Bromley by Bow Insights), Enfield (via the Edmonton Community Partnership, and the Bulgarian Centre for Social Integration and Culture), Harrow (Romanian and Eastern European Network), Haringey (Employment Support Team), and Newham (Compost). 

On a national level, WoRC has joined the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO), the Foundation for Social Improvement and the Small Charity Coalition, and is a proud supporter of the Living Wage Foundation.

Our Sponsors

We are grateful to have been funded by grants from The London Community Foundation, Trust For London, The Tudor Trust, The Ratiu Foundation and the Brent Advice Fund, as well as by individual private donations. Thanks to Dataplan for payroll services, and to the Construction Development Centre for their generous donations.

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