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JUST EAT fast-food delivery workers are to stage a rally and motorcade against pay cuts in Sheffield at the weekend, ahead of strike action next month.
Workers employed by Stuart Delivery will ride through the city centre and rally outside Sheffield town hall on Sunday after the company said that it would slash delivery fees from £4.50 to £3.40.
Stuart Delivery is part of logistics firm the DPD Group and delivers for Just Eat.
The workers, who are members of the Independent Workers of Great Britain (IWGB) union, are demanding £6 per delivery, paid waiting time and reimbursement of fuel costs for mileage covered.
The strike will begin on December 6, the same day as the cut in fees takes effect.
Backing the action, Sheffield Hallam Labour MP Olivia Blake said: “Stuart couriers have helped keep Sheffield going through the pandemic. For them to be rewarded with a pay cut like this is not acceptable.”
Sheffield courier Bryn Atkinson-Woodcock said: “With the rising cost of living and minimum wage and national living wage rising too, we should be getting a pay rise, not a pay cut.”
A Stuart spokesperson said: “The change to our pay model was made to ensure couriers on the Stuart platform will be paid more fairly based on the distance they travel per delivery. This is part of our commitment to being the best delivery platform for couriers looking for flexibility and financial stability.
"The new model has been developed to work for all couriers, whether they do shorter deliveries more frequently or fewer, longer trips, and will continue to guarantee pay per hour that is among the highest in the sector.”
DPD was invited to comment.
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