Pizza Hut workers in Sheffield, UK have been organising as the new Pizza Hut Worker's Union. The 4th of February was their first day of action to demand better pay and working conditions.
The focus of the demands were a return to time and ahalf pay for Bank Holidays and an increase in the mileage rate that delivery drivers recieve.
Currently, those who work at Pizza Hut on Bank Holidays and National Holidays, including Christmas Day, are paid the same wage as any other day. Pizza Hut workers are paid the lowest possible wage in the UK.
Workers who deliver pizzas in thier own cars are paid a mileage rate to cover the cost of fuel and wear and tear on their vehicle. The mileage rate stands at 60p (about $1) while gas prices in the UK are very high. This means that workers are subsidising the deliver costs of the company.
The day of action was called because of an ongoing dispute with Pizza Hut over these conditions. The Pizza Hut Worker's Unio hope that the action will show Pizza Hut that they are serious about their demands while also encouraging other Pizza Hut and fast food industry owrkers to join or organise in a union.
Report from Sheffield with photos: northern-indymedia.org/articles/2426
Pizza Hut Worker's Union: iwwgmbsheffield.wordpress.com/pizza-hut-workers-union
Sheffield, UK IWW Branch: iwwgmbsheffield.wordpress.com