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From The Socialist newspaper, 17 November 2021
London couriers take action
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:
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
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
Youth fight for well-paid green jobs and socialist change
Sunak's climate finance agenda typifies capitalism's COP26 failure
China: Bureaucracy grapples with new crises
Ten years on - where has Podemos's radicalism gone?
Belarus refugees - caught between a rock and a hard place
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
Resisting evictions in east London
Leeds solidarity protest says stop Sudan coup
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