Royal Mail's gig economy subsidiary faces strikes over wages, pay, conditions and contracts.
Couriers employed by Royal Mail’s same-day subsidiary company ECourier will strike Thursday and Friday to protest over basic employment rights.
Speaking to Left Foot Forward, Mike told us he was sacked over a ‘spurious excuse’ over a rental contract. Mike says he was given no advance warning and was not allowed to take a union representative in with him.
Mike had been with the company for three years and it was his only source of income. he says it is “Without a doubt” a case of union victimisation.
It also comes two years after the firm was forced, through action by the IWGB, to acknowledge that one courier, Demille Flanore, was a worker.
This was followed by a companywide review in which IWGB were excluded from participation, the vast majority of workers are still classified as independent contractors.
IWGB Vice President and ECourier courier Max Dewhurst said
“No low-paid worker makes the sacrifice of industrial action and risks going toe-to-toe with a multi-million-pound corporation unless pushed to the brink. We have now been pushed to the brink. Every opportunity we have given eCourier to join us at the negotiating table has been refused. But we will not be bullied into silence another day. We are workers. We demand to be recognised as such. We demand a living wage and dignified conditions.”
UPDATE: An eCourier spokesman said: “The article is inaccurate. There has been no dismissal and as far as we are concerned, Mr Hutchinson’s work contract with the company remains in place.”
Emma Burnell is a freelance journalist and consultant.
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