Courier ‘sacked’ over Christmas eve request

A leading trade union has accused a firm of acting in the “most uncaring way” after claims a Walthamstow cycle courier was sacked for requesting a day off on Christmas Eve.

The GMB said it will fight for the reinstatement of Paul Whieldon, who said he was told on the phone by a boss at CitySprint that he had lost his job.

GMB official Terry Flanagan said: “The courier business is full of companies like CitySprint, who treat their employees in the most uncaring and unprofessional way.

“We have experienced low standards in the courier industry, but we do not expect workers to be sacked simply for asking for time off over Christmas.”

CitySprint said Mr Whieldon, who worked for the firm for five years, was “no longer engaged” as a sub-contractor, adding: “We decided to end our business relationship with Paul for amongst other matters, performance related issues.

“Selection and retention criteria for cycle couriers are very competitive for what is, in our experience, a highly sought after field.

“We currently have a long waiting list of applicants eager to work with us for this demanding role.”

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Posted under Employment

Posted by Alec at 4:05 pm, December 19, 2007

Carrying UN1292

It always needs awareness training or full ADR unless it’s in LQ packages.

In the case of UN1292 it’s maximum 5 litre containers packed in boxes of maximum 30 kg. You can’t classify them as LQ yourself and just carry them though – they have to be classified as LQ by the shipper and marked with LQ diamonds

Posted under Hazardous Goods - ADR

Posted by Alec at 1:05 pm, December 18, 2007

Fuel Protests

“Transaction2007 have decided to release the date and time of protest action earlier than scheduled. This is to enable the motorist and public to better prepare themselves for the coming action. This will be a nationwide protest extending to Northern and Southern Ireland.A date of Saturday 15th December 2007 at 10:00am has been decided for protest action. This date was decided by members as the best possible to enable those who would normally be working during the week to attend. This action will be initiated at a refinery or storage depot somewhere near you. Anyone wishing to support action is requested to make your way there at the alotted time. Transaction again wish to emphasise the importance of legal protesting.

Further; the members of Transaction2007, many being RHA members themselves, request that the Road Haulage Association go forward to the HM Treasury in an attempt to avert this very delicate situation due on Saturday. A way forward is sought by all sides concerned.”

Load of bollocks if you ask me. The last protest caught the government and the fuel supply industry by surprise. The ‘fuel shortages’ were caused almost entirely by Joe Public panicking and rushing to grab as much fuel as possible ‘just in case’; I’m told that there are measures in place to stop that happening again.

Posted under Protests & Strikes

Posted by Alec at 8:26 am, December 13, 2007

Credit Card Fraud – Police not interested

Fraud Act 2006 Pat. Any deception involving credit cards, cheques or online transactions (Paypal etc) is now dealt with by the financial institution rather than the police. It’s then up to the bank to report it to the police if they feel it necessary.

It leaves the Police free to deal with important things like children chalking on the pavement.

Posted under Uncategorized

Posted by Alec at 8:49 am, December 11, 2007

Fuel Protest

If you’re going to threaten not to vote for Labour because of high fuel duty then you’d better go and find out what the Conservatives or the Libdems would do if they were in power.

Posted under Protests & Strikes

Posted by Alec at 11:12 am, December 10, 2007

Anyone give advice please on Class 3 hazardous?

What makes you say that Jason? I’m not aware of any exemption for containers less than 25 litres.

I’d have said it needed a minimum of ‘awareness’ training to carry it.

Posted under Hazardous Goods - ADR

Posted by Alec at 2:39 pm, December 7, 2007

Late Payment Interest Charges – help please

Late Payment charge of £40, £70 or £100 FOR EACH INVOICE and interest at (currently) 13.5% pa 

Posted under Late Payment

Posted by Alec at 5:24 pm, December 4, 2007

To register for VAT or not?

Well they wouldn’t be QUITE 17.5% better off, but you’re 100% correct that everyone in this business should be VAT registered – it’s just doesn’t make sense not to be.

If anyone’s worried about the paperwork (and they shouldn’t be) then at least register on the Flat Rate Scheme; it shouldn’t take you more than half an hour a month to do the admin and you’ll add over 6.9% of your turnover straight on to your bottom line.

Posted under Courier Financial Issues, VAT

Posted by Alec at 3:38 pm, December 4, 2007