from @UVWunion, 20 JAN 2017: “We have beaten Harrods, the richest and most prestigious department store in the world! 100% of the service charge will now go to staff! Thank you to everyone for your support and a big congratulations to the resilience and courage of our members, the Harrods restaurant workers, who have achieved this victory by joining United Voices of the World, getting organised and standing up to their employer’s outrageous practices.
Hidden cameras, mass sackings and a climate of fear: Life as a Harrods restaurant worker… That poor old Al-Thani family, possibly one of the richest in the world as the royal family of Qatar, are short of cash as owning most of London’s most expensive properties is a tight business. Of course, profiting from owning Harrods isn’t easy. So why shouldn’t they keep the 12.5% service charge added to the Harrods restaurant bills for their own profit?
After all, their low-paid workers would only waste it on unaffordable housing and food. (more…)
UPDATED JAN 10: Protesters from the United Voices of the World Union (UVW), workers and sympathisers blockaded Harrods and Brompton Road to draw attention to the fact that the service charge added to Harrods restaurant bills went in to the pockets of the owners, the Qatari royal family, not to the waiters and restaurant staff.
Harrods – and its Qatari royal owners – continue to take a fine beating across the international media for allowing this: more protests are being planned… (more…)
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…)
HARRODS, 87 – 135 BROMPTON ROAD, KNIGHTSBRIDGE, LONDON SW1X 7XL
Come and demand that Harrods stops stealing their waiters’ tips! (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…)
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…)
UPDATE 5 NOV: Oxford Street blockaded, UVW takes the streets demanding very simple and fair demands for the cleaners to receive parity of pay and terms and conditions of employment with in-house staff.
from @UVWunion: Demand justice for the John Lewis cleaners, Saturday 5th November – John Lewis makes well over £100 million in profit a year despite a recent slump, and pays its Chairman over 114 times what the cleaners earn.
Nonetheless, John Lewis insists on denigrating and treating their cleaners like second class citizens, who they despicably outsource for no other reason than to deprive them of the same benefits that in-house staff receive.
Not only are the cleaners paid poverty wages of £7.29 per hour – which will be insultingly increased by only 6p an hour to £7.35 an hour on 18th October 2016 – but they are excluded from the famous partnership model lauded by all. (more…)
Since August 17th, Deliveroo have been trialling the piece rate scheme in CKT (Camden & Kentish Town), BEL (Belsize) and HAM (Hampstead), paying drivers £3.75/delivery. Deliveroo have been paying hourly guarantees for peak times only, and these are due to end on September 14th.
Although it’s called a “trial”, this new pay scheme is effectively a brutal pay cut, as drivers find they can’t afford to work for £0/hour when there are no deliveries. This is Deliveroo’s way of cutting people’s hours, and cutting people pay…
Full article here @ IWGB Couriers & Logistics Branch