Jeff Bezos: super spreader

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 have calculated that just 1% of Bezos’ fortune would cover twoContinue reading “Jeff Bezos: super spreader”

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”

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”

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”