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17 November 2021

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London couriers take action

London couriers take action. Photo: Hackney SP

London couriers take action. Photo: Hackney SP   (Click to enlarge)

Striking couriers in the IWGB union drove on their mopeds and bicycles through the streets of Hackney to the council offices on 10 November. They were taking action because delivery apps are encouraging them to wait near restaurants, particularly McDonald's in Dalston north London, but fast food management are forcing them to park in car parks with no facilities and rain cover.

They also feel harassed by police and civil enforcement officers, and have been regularly fined £65 - which would barely make it worthwhile working. Rob Williams, chair of the National Shop Stewards Network and Socialist Party member, spoke at the rally to give solidarity.

He said: "During Covid, you showed that you were key workers but now you are ignored. You should be employed and paid as workers not super-exploited in the gig economy. Hackney Labour Council needs to get out of this town hall and speak to you and your union and agree to your demands."

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In The Socialist 17 November 2021:


NHS

Cuts drag NHS to brink

NHS workers must take action now to save our NHS

Outsourced Barts health workers in strike ballot for a pay rise

Health and care staff shortages worsened by Tory vaccine sacking threat

Fund the fight for socialism


News

London MPs' second home swindle while workers and students struggle

Tory sleaze scandal continues, an ex-workers' MP responds

University bosses' pay piles up while workers are forced to strike


COP26

Youth fight for well-paid green jobs and socialist change

Sunak's climate finance agenda typifies capitalism's COP26 failure


China

China: Bureaucracy grapples with new crises


International

Ten years on - where has Podemos's radicalism gone?

Belarus refugees - caught between a rock and a hard place


Workplace news

S Wales Stagecoach bus drivers win 10.50 an hour

DVLA ballot turnout falls short of threshold

Striking Scunthorpe steel scaffs up the ante

Leeds cab drivers protest against taxi rank move

Fresh strikes on East Midlands Railway

An appeal to trade union members to stand as anti-cuts candidates

Clarks workers fight 'fire-and-rehire' pay cut

London couriers take action

St Mungo's report fails to address bullying and victimisation of workers


Campaigns

Resisting evictions in east London

Leeds solidarity protest says stop Sudan coup

Why I joined the Socialist Party

Why am I coming to Socialism 2021?

Birmingham People's Budget


Readers' opinion

Readers' opinion


 

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