This December issue of the Deliveroo Workers’ bulletin contains updates from London, Brighton, Berlin and Italy as well as information on how to get in touch with union-building projects currently being led by the Industrial Workers of the World and the Independent Workers of Great Britain.
Deliveroo workers, a new initiative: Rebel Roo bulletin #2
If you want to get in touch with other workers or distribute paper copies of the Rebel Roo you can get in touch by emailing rebelroouk [at] gmail.com.
You can download the full PDF below.
PDF Rebel Roo #2
From Plan C: “The struggle for decent wages and conditions within the ‘gig economy’ has entered a new phase recently with the Uber court victory and the announcement of a union-building drive by the IWGB amongst Deliveroo workers in London.
The initial energy of the summer’s spontaneous strikes is successfully being converted into long-term campaigns.
As part of this development, the Plan C Social Strike working group is excited to announce today that we are involved in supporting a new initiative: The Rebel Roo, a national bulletin for Deliveroo workers, produced by Deliveroo workers…” full article here
from libcom: Foodora in Italy …It’s been sold for a figure of several tens of million of euros yet Foodora has the typical appeal of a startup: young and friendly international people working in an open space office in Berlin and young students delivering food by bike as an easy side-job.
It landed in Turin as a mirror image of the Berlin base. The managers, all under 30, meet every so often in a co-working space in the city center, are informal and speak using English words. The fleet of couriers are also young, educated, and are paid €5 per hour.
This image started to crack when in August Deliveroo couriers in London went on strike and a month later their counterparts in Paris also protested. The reason was, oversimplifying, that once the company had attracted enough “workers”, pay shifted from a fixed scheme to per-delivery compensation only. (more…)
From IWGB Couriers & Logistics Branch
Since August 17th, Deliveroo have been trialling the piece rate scheme in CKT (Camden & Kentish Town), BEL (Belsize) and HAM (Hampstead), paying drivers £3.75/delivery. Deliveroo have been paying hourly guarantees for peak times only, and these are due to end on September 14th.
Although it’s called a “trial”, this new pay scheme is effectively a brutal pay cut, as drivers find they can’t afford to work for £0/hour when there are no deliveries. This is Deliveroo’s way of cutting people’s hours, and cutting people pay…
Full article here @ IWGB Couriers & Logistics Branch
UPDATE 13 SEPT 2016 from IWGB: “The awful situation with UberEats pertains to one of their drivers Imran Siddiqui whose account was deactivated, we believe, as a result of protest. He noticed his account was deactivated around lunchtime Friday 26th August (strike day), and has not yet been able to log back in. We call for his immediate reactivation and reinstatement. We believe this is a suspension or sacking without due process, notice or procedure. It is appalling that UberEats can block someone’s means of income at a flick of a switch!” from IWGB (more…)
Negotiations were attempted today between couriers and management, resulting in one of the negotiators being “deactivated” from the Uber network. The delivery workers then decided to visit many of their restaurant customers to explain their actions. The restaurant flash mobs will go on until @UberEATS pays a minimum of the #londonlivingwage to its couriers and stops victimising riders! #uberstrike (more…)
from United Voices of the World the union
UberEATS COURIERS STRIKE FOR LONDON LIVING WAGE Friday 26 August
#UberEATSstrike rally Friday at 14:30 at Black Swan Yard SE1, in South London
– Couriers strike on Friday to demand London Living Wage of £9.40 per hour plus costs.
– Workers say they cannot live off ‘poverty wages’, and call for an end to considerable disparities in pay for peak and off-peak pay.
– Rates have been cut from £20 per hour in June to £3.30 per delivery or less on a commission-only basis during off-peak hours.
– Drivers will rally on Friday at 14:30 at Black Swan Yard SE1, in South London. (more…)