Amazon have done well out of the pandemic. Very well. Over the last few weeks Amazon′s share price has rise by 50%; the personal wealth of its CEO Jeff Bezos (riches man in the world) has risen by $41 billion to $146 billion. Anti-corporate greed blog sumofus.org have calculated that just 1% of Bezos’ fortune would cover twoContinue reading “Jeff Bezos: super spreader”
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Migrant workers need PPE too!
Migrant workers need PPE too! Migrant workers are being forced to work without access to the same PPE (personal protective equipment) and paid leave for isolation and shielding that their British born colleagues are receiving in at least one Tesco distribution centre. Managers are refusing to take the time to explain the changes in policyContinue reading “Migrant workers need PPE too!”
Checkout screens: back to back problems
Protective screens have been put up between till operators in most supermarkets, in order to enable them to open twice as many tills while ostensibly adhering to social distancing guidelines, but many staff feel like they just don’t go far enough. According to a senior USDAW official, the union approved their use in Tesco (whereContinue reading “Checkout screens: back to back problems”
Nurse urges colleagues to escalate sick pay safety concerns
On Friday 17th April, mental health nurse, Stuart Jordan, wrote to Chief Nursing Officer Ruth May citing the duty under the Nursing and Midwifery Council Code to escalate patient and public safety concerns. He argues that the many workers across the health and care sectors have no right to occupational sick pay and cannot affordContinue reading “Nurse urges colleagues to escalate sick pay safety concerns”
No going back at Tesco!
The 10% bonus being paid on actual hours worked over the crisis is welcomed by Tesco staff in what has been an extremely challenging tine for us with busier stores, stressed out managers and concerns about our health and safety at work. But our work has been getting harder for years. This 10% shouldn’t beContinue reading “No going back at Tesco!”
Waitrose Staff Win
After fury from Waitrose staff, the store backed down after insisting that its workers would have to make up any time they take to self-isolate and up to two weeks of the time their vulnerable employees take to shield themselves. Their scheme would have forced people to work well above their usual hours in whatContinue reading “Waitrose Staff Win”
NHS agency staff need full self-isolation pay
At the start of the pandemic NHS England, understood the need to ensure everyone carrying out duties in NHS premises had rights to follow public health advice to self-isolate on full pay. Without this right, workers are under huge financial pressure to come to work when they should be self-isolating, creating avoidable risks of infectionContinue reading “NHS agency staff need full self-isolation pay”
Video: cleaners’ rights against Covid-19
Watch and share this video from our supporter Jean about the urgent need for all cleaners to have equal rights to full self isolation pay. We want to hear from you! Contact us with your story.
USDAW: Unions are an essential service!
In response to the pandemic, USDAW – the shop workers union – has closed down it’s democratic structures, cancelled all its conferences, meetings and schools, and sent everyone on release back to work. It is precisely in crises that we need our unions to increase its activity and generate wider discussions across workplaces and companies. While itContinue reading “USDAW: Unions are an essential service!”
Tesco: let’s extend these policies
Charlie is an USDAW Rep in a large format Tesco store in London Tesco’s response to the pandemic has been unusually clear, and provides a firm starting point for those of us wanting to ensure greater protections on the shop floor now and better pay and conditions when this crisis starts to subside. We’ve beenContinue reading “Tesco: let’s extend these policies”