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Reports round-up: Drivers blockade McDonald’s in Sheffield

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Issue 2790
Strikers and supporters let off flares outsdie a roadside McDonalds

Strikers blockaded the McDonald’s (Picture: IWGB)

Striking delivery workers blockaded a McDonald’s in Sheffield after subcontractor for delivery app Just Eat, Stuart, cut their pay from £4.50 to £3.40 for short trips.

Over 60 strikers and supporters turned up to support the action.

Activists blocked the road, let off flares and chanted, “Just Eat, Stuart, you can’t hide.”

Striker Raja Khan said, “Until they stop attacking the drivers they rely on, we will be forced to create disruption that Stuart and Just Eat can’t ignore.”

Great Ormond Street guards to walk out

Security workers at Great Ormand Street hospital, central London, were set to begin a six week strike on Thursday of this week.

The members of the UVW union are outsourced to Carlisle Support Services. They receive lower pay and worse conditions than those who work directly for the NHS.

Mimy Longangu, a security guard, said, “I decided it was time to go on strike because I am bitterly disappointed. When the pandemic started, we all put our lives at risk, cleaners, security, all of us.”

Pay battle on buses in Manchester

Over 40 bus drivers in the Unite union and their supporters rallied outside the First Bus depot in Oldham last Friday. They are striking for an above-inflation pay rise.

“We’ve always had quite good sick pay here, but they want to cut it back, in exchange for a £1,100 lump sum,” striker Tony explained. “We’re not having it.”

Strikers were joined by Labour councillors and Labour MPs Angela Rayner, Nav Mishra and Jim McMahon.

First is also putting pressure on drivers to accept another, separate lump sum of £500, in exchange for a worsening of conditions in what is already a stressful job driving in congested conditions.

The workers will strike for three days a week throughout February, with picketing all day.

Mike Killian

Ballots on the bins on south coast…

Refuse workers in Wiltshire are set to ballot for strikes after they were offered a pay deal that would amount to a significant pay cut.

The members of the GMB union work for Hills Waste Solutions situated in Trowbridge, Salisbury and Calne.

They were offered a tiny 2 percent increase by Hills. The union has added that the company refused to negotiate.

Meanwhile, refuse workers in Sussex have informed Adur and Worthing council that they intend to ballot for strikes over pay and conditions.

…And more in north west England

Refuse workers in Barrow in Cumbria are balloting for strikes.  The 20 members of the GMB union are asking for just a 3 percent pay rise from their employer FCC Environment.

But the company has so far refused even to consider a way below-inflation pay rise and won’t even negotiate. The ballot is set to close on Monday of next week.

London night tube battle continues

Weekend Night Tube strikes continue despite a “deafening silence” from London Underground. Workers are fighting to retain the Night Tube drivers’ grade.

RMT General Secretary Mick Lynch said, “The issue at the heart of the dispute, protecting the work life balance of drivers cannot be swept under the carpet and needs to be addressed rather than dismissed.”

No return to unsafe offices in DWP

More than 1,000 PCS union members joined a mass online meeting over bosses’ attempts to force them back to their offices in the Department for Work and Pensions.

In a poll of the meeting, 92 percent said they felt they were at increased risk returning to work. And 86 percent said they’d be willing to strike.

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