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According to Unite, around 1,000 draymen that deliver beer have voted to go on strike as a result of which this could lead to a shortage of beer to a number of pubs in the UK and certain other hospitality venues. The delivery drivers are employed by GXO Logistics Drinks Ltd. They deliver to around 40% of the aforementioned venues in the UK.
Apparently, the company offered to increase their wages by 1.4% as a result of which industrial action is to take place. Two 24 hour strikes are planned – one on 24th August 2021 and another on 2 September 2021 with both commencing at 10am. In addition, from 24th August 2021 to 15th November 2021 there will be a work to rule and a ban on overtime.
Apparently, some delivery drivers saw their income reduce by up to £10,000 in 2020 as a result of loosing overtime, being furloughed and not having a pay rise last year.
Unfortunately, the logistics industry appears to be going through a difficult period at the moment. Last month, we wrote about the shortage of HGV drivers here in the UK as a result of which this could lead to problems with deliveries to the likes of some retail food outlets.
Fortunately, the courier service sector is particularly busy with an awful lot of consumers buying items online rather than visiting shops to purchase certain things. It will be interesting to see if this continues as lockdown rules have been relaxed in the UK. So, if you are considering setting up in business as a courier then now may be as good a time as any to do so but you will no doubt want to do your own due diligence before committing yourself to such a business venture.
If you do decide to set up a courier service business then you will no doubt require suitable, competitive courier insurance. In this respect, why not get in touch with us to obtain a no-obligation quotation.