Hello everyone, I hope you’re having a good Friday! Here’s today’s round-up of the news relating to HR and employment law.
Royal Mail workers are set to strike for 48 hours from 19 October in a dispute over pensions, pay and jobs.
The Communication Workers Union said it had told the Royal Mail Group that 111,000 postal workers will walk out.
The industrial action follows the 89.1% vote in favour of a strike announced by the union on Thursday.
Royal Mail said it will use all legal options, including applying for a High Court injunction, to prevent industrial action.
Best friends Freddy Lopez and Angelica Valencia Bolanos have spent six evenings a week for the past five years polishing the white tiled floors of the Ferrari and Maserati showrooms in the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea – London’s richest district.
Although the work is arduous and has left them struggling with health problems, they enjoyed their jobs and went home each night proud of the sparkling showroom. But when they turned up for work last Thursday they were met by their bosses – who they had never previously met – ordered to hand over their showroom keys and were suspended without pay.
The suspension came two days after they voted to walk out on strike after their employer refused requests for an increase to their £7.50-an-hour minimum wage.
A church-backed commercial cleaning company which pays its staff the London living wage is aiming to win business from established firms by promoting ethical principles.
Clean for Good aims to provide a fairer deal for workers in an industry known for low wages, antisocial hours and poor working conditions.
The company, which formally launched this week, is committed to providing paid leave, guaranteed working hours and training as well as the London living wage.
“We have no zero-hours contracts although we offer flexible hours for employees who want to combine work with study or family responsibilities,” said its business manager, Catherine Pearson.