27th November 2015, London.
Today, the courier’s branch of the Independent Workers’ Union of Great Britain (IWGB) will join forces with Critical Mass, a mass monthly London bike ride, as part of the IWGB couriers’ campaign for the London Living Wage at industry leader City Sprint.
The union will join the mass bike ride on a route past City Sprint’s offices and major clients, stopping throughout the ride to stage impromptu flash mobs at key destinations. The rides typically attract hundreds of cyclists and have been occurring on the last Friday of every month for over a decade.
The ride is part of a wider campaign staged by the IWGB to combat exploitative pay and employment terms in the courier industry. Riders at City Sprint haven’t seen a pay increase in the last 15 years, and are not entitled sick or holiday pay, despite having one of the highest occupational injury rates.
The ride with Critical Mass follows a number of previous protests organised by the union at high profile City Sprint clients, such as Google and Linklaters, where they staged mini-occupations and flashmobs. The couriers’ campaign has previously attracted support from high profile political names, such as Sian Berry, Green party mayoral candidate, and Natalie Bennett, leader of the Green Party. The campaign has also been a driving force behind Gophr, a small London based courier company, to become the first in the UK to guarantee its workers the London Living Wage plus reasonable costs.
Johannes Douglas, Chair of the Couriers and Logistics branch of the IWGB, stated:
“We have had so much support [for our campaign] in such a short period of time, and now we are having a social protest with critical mass to spread the word that the couriers are united.”
Contact: Johannes Douglas