Gig Workers Not Told They’re Covering Royal Mail Strikes

Royal Mail has attempted to use gig workers hired via the platform Ryde to provide cover for their striking staff – but according to one such worker they weren’t told anything about the industrial action.  Bryn Atkinson said: “Today I could have done other work, but I’ve been hired through the Ryde app that says […]

Considering Using Temps To Cover For Employees On Strike?

IWORK’s founder Julia Kermode was delighted to chat to HR Grapevine about how businesses should approach engaging temporary workers to cover for their staff going on strike.  Many people are seriously affected by the current financial crisis, increasing cost of living and rising fuel prices, and meaning that increasing numbers of workers are considering strike […]

Legislation Approved To Allow Agency Workers To Cover Strikes

MPs last night approved controversial legislation that will allow temporary workers to cover for employees who are on strike.  Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps MP, proposed the change last month in response to rail  workers’ strikes and likelihood of largescale industrial action in other sectors this summer. Not only have the plans have been rushed through […]

Agency Workers Could Cover For Striking Staff

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has said that the government is considering legal changes to allow agency workers to provide cover for striking staff.  The announcement is partly in response to planned rail strikes later this month, and also the likelihood of strikes in other sectors with largescale industrial action likely nationwide this summer. The plan […]

Yodel Workers Set To Strike

The GMB union said around 250 drivers at delivery giant Yodel have voted to strike in a dispute over pay and working conditions.  Interestingly, one reason they are planning a strike is due to agency workers being paid more than drivers employed directly by the company – perhaps a sign of the times with businesses […]