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Covid-19 sample couriers face redundancies after risking their lives during the pandemic

COURIERS who have been playing a vital role in transporting Covid-19 material during the pandemic are facing redundancies for their efforts, their union revealed today.

The 10 workers are employed in London by private pathology company The Doctors’ Laboratory (TDL) and are expected to be laid off in a month’s time, according to the Independent Workers of Great Britain union (IWGB).

IWGB said the sackings target individuals who led industrial action last year leading to “historic pay rises and improvements” for workers in the gig economy.

An IWGB statement said: “These couriers have been playing a vital role as key workers by transporting potential Covid-19 samples, putting their own lives at risk. 

“These redundancies are a thinly veiled assault on trade unionists.”

The union said that one worker had raised health and safety problems, including a lack of protective wear, with the company.

TDL boss David Byrne is paid more £1 million a year and the company’s profits exceeded £28m in 2019. 


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