Precarious labour strikes back
THERE'S A PROTEST for the rights of "precarious workers" on Wednesday 27 September gathering at 8am at the Transport for London office at 197 Blackfriars Road SE1 8NJ (map) and proceeding to the Employment Appeal Tribunal, Fleetbank House, 2-6 Salisbury Square, London EC4Y 8JX (map). Note the change of gathering-place.
It's called by the Independent Workers Union of Great Britain - IWGB - and its Couriers And Logistics Branch - whose Chair, Mags Dewhurst, spoke at the London Freelance Branch Precarious Work conference in March.
The protest will mark the day of the appeal at the Employment Appeal Tribunal over the employment status of Uber workers. The case against Uber was brought by two IWGB members, James Farrar and Yaseen Aslam. It could have wide-ranging consequences for all workers in the so-called gig economy. See the Facebook event page.
The IWGB is also asking you to write in support of outsourced workers at the University of London - including receptionists, security officers, porters and post room workers - when their campaign kicks off on 11 September. These workers have balloted to strike, starting on 27 September: the IWGB says this follows a number of broken pay-rise promises and the absolute unwillingness of both the university and the outsourcing company Cordant to negotiate. More details on the day.
A motion to the September London Freelance Branch meeting proposes that our Branch support this action.