What is the IWGB?
We are an independent union formed in August 2012 to better represent precarious workers. We are a voluntary association of workers fighting only for the interests of workers. We are not in ‘partnership’ with bosses, held back by bureaucrats or pleasing establishment politicians. We are not like an insurance company just providing a service – our members are the union, our representatives are workers like you. Everyone has a role to play. We work together to help each other. It’s about building working-class power so that big companies and corporations can’t walk all over us as individuals. The IWGB has had numerous successes securing increased wages and other rights for workers. Find out more and read about their successes on the main IWGB website: iwgb.org.uk
What is the CLB?
The Couriers & Logistics Branch (CLB) is a branch of the IWGB Union for people working as couriers (bicycle, motorcycle or van) and in logistics (give example). Our purpose is to protect the welfare of our members, fighting for better pay and conditions at work. We are committed to promoting improved working conditions and settling disputes between members and their employers and/or business partners. Monthly branch meetings are democratic forums for deciding collectively on the policy and direction of our campaigns.
There are nine other branches of the IWGB, organising outsourced workers, cleaners, security guards, and direct employees in the public and private sectors. We show solidarity because our fight is their fight too.
Why do we exist?
The CLB exists because there is a desperate need in our industry for higher courier earnings (delivery fees) as a result of rising living costs. Most net fees to couriers haven’t increased for 20 years, and many companies have lowered them. Many couriers struggle on the money they earn for their hard work, especially in London, and are locked into working 10+ hours a day to make ends meet. Many feel powerless to change the situation, so we have come together to fight for improved pay and conditions.
What do the CLB do?
The CLB are challenging the exploitation rife within our industry to win higher fees/earnings, axe extortionate contractor charges, and defend members against any victimisation. Our focus is not only pay rises, but also better working conditions, which means increased working rights and protections. Our previous focus has been on bicycle couriers in London, but we are expanding to include motorbike, van and lorry drivers in London and nationwide.