Postal workers walk out

Postal worker, photo Paul Mattsson, photo Paul Mattsson

Postal worker, photo Paul Mattsson, photo Paul Mattsson   (Click to enlarge: opens in new window)

Postal workers in Didcot walked out on 8 April after their depot was not cleaned when a member of staff contracted Covid-19.

The Royal Mail workers followed guidance by their union the CWU after only the workers’ delivery van was cleaned and not the whole building. The workers returned to work two days later after the company was forced to clean the building.

CWU rep at the depot, Steve Gill, said: “The van he used needed cleaning which was done by a cleaning company. But our building was only originally cleaned by a man with a rag and a spray bottle.”

Over the last two weeks, staff at eight Royal Mail sites have walked out over safety concerns.

Heathrow airport threat

Heathrow Airport workers have been threatened with the sack if they reject ‘voluntary’ pay cuts of 15% in response to coronavirus.

The message was sent to thousands of workers which said the business expected “everyone to play their part”. It threatened: “There will be consequences if colleagues do not accept the revised terms as it will mean that we have to make further job cuts. It will also have consequences for those colleagues who do not wish to participate.”

Holland and Barrett workers’ petition

High street chain Holland and Barrett has kept its shops open during the coronavirus crisis, but workers are campaigning for them to shut, arguing their health is at risk.

The ‘alternative health’ shop has 750 UK stores and claims to be an essential retailer because its products cater for people with special dietary needs. But staff have set up a petition, demanding management close stores over safety concerns. They argue that what the chain sells is not essential, unlike supermarkets or pharmacies. But they also warn that most stores are too small to be safe, with no room for social-distancing.

  • Sign the petition at search ‘Close Holland and Barrett Stores’