eCourier workers who are members of the Independent Workers’ Union of Great Britain (IWGB), struck for two days from last Thursday.
The company, a Royal Mail subsidiary, classifies its couriers as independent contractors.
This means that they do not receive a guaranteed minimum wage, holiday or sick pay.
They are also expected to pay a £6 weekly charge for use of their scanning devices, on top of the cost of running their vehicles.
The IWGB members are demanding that eCourier workers be recognised as employees with paid holiday and rest breaks.
They also want the real living wage of £10.55 an hour after costs and that the company enters into a collective bargaining agreement.
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Three groups of workers in the United Voices of the World union have announced strike plans
At issue in all of these are pay, working conditions and union rights.
Drivers and passenger escorts on school buses for disabled children in Hackney, east London, have accepted a financial settlement.
They had begun a 48-hour strike over split shifts on the day.
Unite regional officer Onay Kasab said, “Hackney council made an offer which we took to the picket line. Members agreed to accept it
GMB union members were set to stage a picket line and hold a demonstration at the TUC’s Congress House this week. It is part of a pay dispute with Thompsons solicitors.
A strike at Thompsons’ offices is planned for Friday, including at its site at the TUC.
Strikes by GMB union members at Wilko distribution centres were suspended last week after an improved offer from bosses.
Around 1,800 workers at Wilko sites in Magor, south Wales and Worksop, Nottinghamshire were due to walkout over forced weekend working.
GMB members have been voting on a new offer.
Workers on the London Underground are celebrating after a threat of industrial action won a victory.
Members of the RMT union were due to start an indefinite programme of reduced speeds on the Jubilee, Central, Victoria and Northern lines from Thursday last week.
Workers are fighting excessive noise on the lines, but they suspended the action when bosses caved in.
Transport for London has promised a raft of new measures to cut noise.
utsourcing company Mitie has agreed to pay the Living Wage to workers on its Network Rail contract after a major national campaign by the RMT union. The real Living Wage is £9 an hour across most of Britain, £10.55 an hour in London.
RMT general secretary Mick Cash said, “We will now press the company for full recognition and to address our wider agenda on working conditions.”
Workers in the RMT union held a day of action last Friday against London Overground ticket office closures.
The cuts will mean many ticket office hours will be slashed by 65 percent with many open only 7.30am-10am, Monday to Friday.
Unite union members could unleash a torrent of resistance at Dinorwig and Ffestiniog hydroelectric power stations in North Wales.
Workers at the First Hydro company’s stations voted nine to one in favour of balloting for strikes over pay.
AB Inbev brewery workers in Magor, south Wales, struck last week over pay. They are Unite union members.
Tens of thousands could walk out
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