Leaked Harrods email: “Dear all, As you may have seen, throughout this week there have been news reports referencing the system through which Harrods distributes service charge across our in-store restaurants. In relation to these reports, there is a potential protest planned by a third party organisation outside the store between 2pm and 6pm this Saturday 7th January…” (more…)
from United Voices of the World, Come and demand that Harrods stops stealing their waiter’s tips! Saturday, January 7, 2017 at 2 PM – 6 PM @ Harrods, 87-135 Brompton Road, SW1X 7XL London.
Harrods steals up to 75% of the 12.5% service charge it adds to the bills of diners in its luxury restaurants, in which a steak can cost up to £300.
That 75% means that every year the Qatari royal family, which owns Harrods, is taking up to £5,000 worth of tips from every chef, waiter and porter. Taking any percentage of the service charge, which customers think is going to the waiters, is unacceptable. Taking up to 75% is an utter disgrace. (more…)
from Evening Standard: Weetabix workers have voted to go on strike in the new year in a dispute over a new 24/7 shift pattern. Members of trade union USDAW backed industrial action by 9-1 on a turnout of almost 70 per cent.
The union said action will affect workplaces in Corby and Kettering, with the first strike taking place in the new year.
Each strike will run for 24 hours, with no more than one stoppage in a single week.
Ed Leach of Usdaw said: “Despite long and detailed discussions, the company has so far refused to offer a suitable financial incentives for employees who have moved shift or will be expected to move onto the new 24/7 shift pattern.
Why you should support #IWGB:
“UPDATE: Deliveroo is victimizing one of our key activists: Ben Geraghty. Ben has been working for Deliveroo for over a year and has been at the forefront of the IWGB’s attempts to gain union recognition through the courts in order to achieve “worker” status for Deliveroo drivers as well as win the first collective bargaining agreement in the so-called “gig economy”. As part of this Ben has led a number of recruitment stalls in Camden where we have been signing up Deliveroo workers to the union and getting drivers to sign a petition stating they support union recognition of the IWGB…” (more…)
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UVW’s monthly supporter scheme is live! Donate £10 a month (or whatever you can afford) to help them increase their reach and make sure that the most oppressed and unrepresented, predominantly migrant, workers get the representation they deserve and that miserly and unscrupulous employers get their just deserts!
from libcom: Foodora in Italy …It’s been sold for a figure of several tens of million of euros yet Foodora has the typical appeal of a startup: young and friendly international people working in an open space office in Berlin and young students delivering food by bike as an easy side-job.
It landed in Turin as a mirror image of the Berlin base. The managers, all under 30, meet every so often in a co-working space in the city center, are informal and speak using English words. The fleet of couriers are also young, educated, and are paid €5 per hour.
This image started to crack when in August Deliveroo couriers in London went on strike and a month later their counterparts in Paris also protested. The reason was, oversimplifying, that once the company had attracted enough “workers”, pay shifted from a fixed scheme to per-delivery compensation only. (more…)
UPDATE 20 NOV: from IWGB Couriers And Logistics Branch – “On Tuesday 22nd November the biggest tribunal hearing of the year will be under way. We have all been waiting for this moment for the last 3 decades. This is our future and our past, this is where justice will take place. Couriers are going for worker status to gain employment rights. We really want to see many faces in the court room to show how important this really is. Join us at 12:30pm at Victory House, 34 Kingsway, London WC2B 6EX
The case will also be ongoing through the whole week from 10 am-4pm so if you can’t make it on the Tuesday do feel free to pop in at any point for as long as you want… your support will be SO appreciated!”
Orgreave Inquiry accepted but yet to begin. More questions than answers.
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