Strikes by delivery workers in Sheffield spread to Blackpool, Sunderland, Huddersfield and Chesterfield as 2021 came to a close.
Stuart, a subcontractor of fast food delivery service Just Eat, has cut workers’ wages from £4.50 to £3.40 for every trip in several cities.
Throughout November and December workers in Sheffield, who are part of the IWGB union, took part in strikes as well as organising protests and pickets.
Parirs Dixon is the Chair of the Couriers and Logistics Branch of the IWGB in Sheffield. He said, “After working hard through the pandemic, Stuart is trying to exploit us further by slashing pay on most deliveries by just under 25 percent.
“We were already on poverty pay because we have to pay our own vehicle costs and fuel costs out of our wages.
“At the same time the company awarded one of its highest paid directors a 1,000 percent pay rise.”
After the success of strikes in Sheffield, picket lines started to spread to other cities.
In Sunderland 20 couriers joined a protest on 11 December.
On 15 December workers in Blackpool voted to strike. Strikers organised a picket line outside a McDonald’s restaurant to kick off five days of action.
In Huddersfield workers also decided to picket McDonald’s on 17 December.
There were reports that strikers persuaded several workers not in the IWGB to stop working.
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