Following a second round of negotiations the Chair of the IWGB Couriers and Logistics Branch wrote to Mach 1 bosses informing them that Mach 1’s efforts to mollify their riders had been unsuccessful. The riders unanimously rejected offers of measly increases to their pay, standing firm that a full Living Wage was a minimum benchmark for calling off a campaign against their employers.
A mandate has been given to the IWGB Union to launch a full-scale campaign against Mach 1 and its 13 subsidiary courier companies to obtain the Living Wage plus reasonable costs and expenses for their couriers. Campaigning measures will reflect the successful model used victoriously against the likes of even bigger rival courier firms such as CitySprint and eCourier in the IWGB Couriers’ previous campaigns.
Campaigning tactics will include large and disruptive protests against the companies, contacting and flashmobbing their clients, using social media and mainstream media contacts to raise awareness of the chain of exploitation implicated by the poverty wages G Thompson Ltd pays their couriers, and more.
Courier work is hazardous and essential – the IWGB won’t stop until their reasonable demands for a Living Wage and expenses is met!
Dear Corin and Tarquin,
Unfortunately at our branch meeting last night, Mach 1 members unanimously rejected Mach 1’s offers (as offered by Corin on July 8th, as well as the previous offer presented by Tarquin on 27th June).
Although elements of both offers were appealing to members, the packages as a whole were not acceptable, as they did not meet an average of the London Living Wage plus costs as a minimum benchmark.
The branch concluded these offers were based on inflated figures of productivity and average earnings claimed by Mach 1, which were deemed wholly unrealistic. Our data confirms average fleet productivity is, unsurprisingly, the same as at most big courier firms – that is, about 2.7 jobs/hr, NOT 3.4-3.7 jobs/hr as you claimed previously.
Now that we have the mandate, the campaign begins today, and we will start contacting your clients on Monday. In order to save us both the ordeal of a full on campaign I suggest that any last-ditch offer you have in store be put on the table. Further along the campaigning trail, once extensive effort has gone into fielding your clients, flash mobs, and full day protests, we’ll be much less inclined to settle.
IWGB CLB Chair