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Work with CAIWU​


The Cleaners and Allied Independent Workers Union is looking for driven and talented aspiring lawyers to join their pool of legal volunteers.  

To submit an application, send your CV to

Deadline: Friday 31st of May - 4pm.

Volunteers undertake a range of tasks, from accompanying members to grievance and disciplinary meetings to drafting statements of case/witness statements to attending Employment Tribunals. This is all done on an ad hoc basis so there is no specific time requirement, and it can be done alongside other work. If you are looking for pupillage, particularly in employment or other areas of civil law the experience that volunteering with CAIWU provides can be invaluable. Past volunteers have gone on to obtain pupillage at top sets. In addition, volunteers play a vital role in allowing cleaners to enforce their rights avoid exploitation and through volunteering you can make a real difference to cleaners’ lives. 

In order to apply, please send your legal CV to by 31st of May 2024 at 4pm. Applicants will have their CV scored on the following criteria: 

• Academic ability; 

• Communication skills; 

• Prior legal experience; and 

• Commitment to the trade union ethos. 

In addition, many of our members are Spanish or Portuguese speakers, so proficiency in either of those languages is a bonus, but by no means necessary. We will get back to successful volunteers by the close of Friday the 7th of June and successful applicants will be required to attend a virtual training session on the 14th of June 2024 at 2pm before being able to take on cases. If you have any questions or access requirements, please let us know by emailing


CAIWU strives to be an equal opportunities organisation and is committed to diversity amongst its staff and volunteers. We therefore encourage and welcome applications from women, people of minority ethnic origin, people with disabilities, neurodiverse candidates and those who are LGBT+, as well as candidates from other groups which are underrepresented in the trade union sector. We are happy to make reasonable adjustments to enable disabled or neurodiverse candidates to demonstrate their suitability for the job. 

CAIWU is currently accepting applications for volunteer trade union representatives.  

Application deadline:

Friday 31st of May - 4pm.

CAIWU is seeking to hire an enthusiastic and committed person to join its legal department as a part-time caseworker.

Application deadline: 17th of June 
Salary: £28,000 per annum (Pro Rata 2.5 days/week), rising to £31,200 after 3-month probation.
Expected start date: 1st of September 2024. 


The Cleaners and Allied Independent Workers Union (CAIWU) is seeking to hire an enthusiastic and committed person to join its legal department as a part-time caseworker (with the opportunity of becoming full-time in January 2025). CAIWU is a grassroots, member-led trade union for cleaners. We organise workplaces, campaign for better conditions for cleaners, and assist members with employment-related issues.


The role involves managing CAIWU's pool of legal volunteers, and representing cleaners at internal company hearings with some opportunity to represent claimants in the Employment Tribunal. 


The role is an excellent opportunity for aspiring lawyers to work on their own employment tribunal cases and build the skills necessary for a successful legal career. Many of our past caseworkers have gone on to secure pupillage at top Chambers. You will be expected to work 2.5 days a week, with a prorated salary of £28,000 per annum, rising to £31,200 on successful completion of a 3-month probationary period. The expected start date for this role is the 1st of September 2024. 


The ideal candidate will have a strong academic background, have completed the Bar Course or equivalent and be committed to the trade union ethos. Our hiring process has three stages: a paper sift, a written legal problem, and an interview. Candidates will be assessed against the following criteria:

  • Academics.

  • Relevant legal experience.

  • Ability to work under pressure; and

  • Commitment to the trade union ethos.

  • Language skills, particularly the ability to speak Spanish, are strongly desired but not necessary.


Those seeking to apply are invited to send a CV of no more than 2 pages and a cover letter detailing suitability for and commitment to the role of no more than a page to (CC in by Monday 17th of June 2024. Candidates invited to interview will be notified by email on the 20th of June. At that time, those candidates invited to interview will be provided with the legal problem. We expect to hold interviews between the 27th of June and the 2nd of July.

If you require any reasonable adjustments or wish to have any mitigating circumstances considered please email

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