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Reports round-up: drivers won’t roll over for Greggs

News in brief from workers’ struggle
Issue 2791
Protesters outside a Greggs with a banner reading 'pay justice now'

Just Eat workers have won support

Just Eat delivery drivers in Chesterfield are boycotting Greggs deliveries between 12 noon and 3pm every day this week. Stuart, which runs the Just East app, has cut basic pay by 24 percent—a loss of up to £100 a week for many drivers.

Over 60 drivers are involved in the action. They are rightly angered as they worked all through the pandemic and increased bosses’ profits by 80 percent.

Jeannie Robinson

South coast bin strikes could spread

Refuse workers for Hastings Borough Council and Rother District Council are set to ballot for strikes after outsourcer Biffa offered a tiny 1.75 percent pay “rise”.

The planned action in Hastings is another in a series of disputes planned by refuse workers in Sussex.  The ballot was set to begin on Friday of this week.

Jaguar dashboard makers in ballot

Over 160 Unite members at International Automotive Components are balloting over a “feeble” pay offer. The workers are fighting pay and union-busting at a Halewood factory in Merseyside that makes dashboards for Jaguar Land Rover.

Workers have already rejected a two-year pay deal of two percent followed by three percent in the second year. The ballot is set to end on Thursday 24 February.

Bag handlers could pack a punch

Over 500 workers employed by DHL on EasyJet’s ground handling contract at Gatwick Airport could strike over pay. Workers have been offered pay increases between 7.54 percent and 8.32 percent.

But with inflation and pay freezes in 2020 and 2021 the Unite union members want more. Results of a consultative ballot were set to be announced on Monday.

Pay cut at Ford Dagenham factory

Cleaners at Ford Dagenham and the Ford Dunton Technical centre in Essex accepted a 5.1 percent pay rise for 2022. That’s significantly below the 7.5 percent RPI inflation rate—making it effectively a pay cut.

Over 150 cleaners from Unite union voted for the deal, heralded by general secretary Sharon Graham as a “significant pay victory”. Workers must demand pay rises of no less than 10 percent as inflation continues to rise.

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