Blood deliveries to dozens of hospitals can be stopped because 100 couriers plan to discontinue their salary.
- Couriers, including cyclists, deliver blood to more than 50 hospitals
- They won better labor rights last year in an extrajudicial settlement
- But because their union said the working hours were shortened and the contracts changed
- Directors of The Doctors Laboratory have received huge pay increases over the years
Blood deliveries to major hospitals can be stopped when couriers plan to strike.
Around 100 cyclists, van drivers and motorcyclists are planning to stop work for two days next week, according to a union.
The couriers, who deliver to more than 50 NHS and private hospitals in London and the Southeast, intend to violate their salary and terms.
Employees are furious that the directors of The Doctors Laboratory (TDL) in the meantime receive huge pay increases.
Blood deliveries to major hospitals can be stopped when couriers plan to strike on their salary next week. Stock photo
Over the past two years, the Independent Work & Union of Great Britain (IWGB) has called into question the rights of couriers.
In 2018, couriers were given full employment rights and access to holiday pay, maternity leave and minimum wage.
It followed the TDL arguing that its couriers were self-employed without employment rights that went beyond basic health and safety and anti-discrimination rules.
The out-of-court settlement offered hope for job security for employees, both within the company and in similar configurations, such as Uber and Deliveroo.
But IWGB claims the company has reduced work and asked employees to cover the cost of their own equipment Guardian reports.
IWGB, the first to secure the rights to the & # 39; gig economy & # 39 ;, the self-employed group, said that under these circumstances, TDL wanted to hire more people.
The union also demands that £ 1 million in holiday pay be repaid to employees with the TDL.
While they are struggling to get paid better, those at the top of the company are getting massive pay checks, according to research by Corporate Watch.
The best-paid director of TDL had doubled his salary since 2013 to £ 1.6 million, with the three top directors together earning £ 3 million.
Sonic Healthcare – the Australian owner of the company – paid £ 180 million to its shareholders last year, including the super-rich.
Alex Marshall, a TDL courier and IWGB member, said to the guardian: "While investors and managers of TDL get thick NHS contracts, couriers who risk their lives every day to deliver blood and pathology samples are under a regime wage-cutting cuts and neglect. & # 39;
According to TDL, every courier is paid in excess of the London living wage and receives holiday and pension contributions.
Laurence Harvey, logistics director of TDL, said: “It is exceptionally disappointing that a minority of our couriers, who are already some of the best paid in London, have chosen to strike.
& # 39; It is their intention to disrupt the transport of medical samples from general practices, clinics and hospitals to our laboratories.
& # 39; Our customers and their patients must be able to trust that TDL has robust plans to limit the impact on our service. & # 39;
WHAT IS IT AS A COURIER BLOOD?
Tony Markham, 56, is a senior grade teacher at a primary school in Petersfield, Hampshire. Despite the fact that he has worked a 60-hour week during the past six years, he has also presented himself as a & # 39; blood cyclist & # 39; who made deliveries for the NHS on his motorcycle.
Markham said one of his best days of volunteering was delivering blood to the air ambulance and was met by the trauma coordinator who said, "If it wasn't for giving blood, we couldn't save people's lives"
He is a volunteer for The Blood Transfusion Service and offers the delivery service between 19:00 and 06:00 on weekdays and 24 hours on weekends and public holidays with blood, plasma, surgical instruments, scans – and even breast milk for premature baby & # 39 s.
It is completely flexible – volunteers can do as much or as little as they can.
Markham said: & I do two or three shifts of twelve hours a month on the weekend. It may sound silly to do more, but it was a chance to do something exciting on my bike that requires a high level of competence and also helps the NHS.
& # 39; One of my best days of volunteering was delivering blood to the air ambulance and meeting the trauma coordinator who said: & # 39; If it wasn't for delivering blood, we couldn't save people's lives & # 39 ;.
& # 39; It gave me a nice buzz. These kind of comments keep you busy when you're busy and it is a challenge to fit in the volunteer services.
& # 39; I went back and told the other cyclists that I was training, when on some days they thought that all they were doing was a glorified taxi service, remember those words and how important it is to deliver blood. & # 39;
Volunteers use their own bicycles, buy their own helmets and pay for their own insurance and fuel costs – a hefty commitment.
Markham said: & # 39; What I like about blood cycling is that it is a task that I can finish on the day – totally different from my day job that has to do with 470 children and 70 staff, when there is always a list of tasks is to do.
& # 39; And if you think you've had a bad day at work and then you go to a hospital and see what people are going through, it puts everything in perspective. & # 39;
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