Why you should support the #DeliverooStrike
Freedom and flexibility: the new On-Demand platform economy. Drivers, couriers, cleaners and handymen are now at your beck and call thanks to a host of apps. But what’s it like to work for an On-Demand service?
For scooter drivers and cyclists at Deliveroo “freedom and flexibility” means exploitation and exhaustion. And they’ve had enough of it.
This week Deliveroo drivers organised a strike over changes to their pay. Currently drivers earn less than the London Living Wage at £7/hour + £1/delivery. But Deliveroo want to ditch the hourly rate, and move to zero hours contracts, where drivers would earn a mere £3.75/delivery. Many drivers already work 60 hours or more per week to make ends meet.
Their employment contracts are already desperately precarious, offering no job security, no sick pay, no paid holidays and no guaranteed hours - the epitome of the deregulated workplace. The new terms could mean drivers work whole days for nothing. This strike represents a stand against this move to calculated and maximised exploitation.
The strike started on Wednesday, as hundreds of drivers gathered outside the Deliveroo Head Office on Torrington Place, WC1. Drivers are striking for a fairer hourly rate at the London Living Wage of £9.40 plus petrol costs, plus tips, plus £1/per delivery. When drivers sought to negotiate, Deliveroo responded by sacking them.
This is the true face of Deliveroo and of zero-hours contract Britain. But this strike could change everything.
The Deliveroo strike continues, and they need our help.
Every hour on strike for fairer pay is an hour of lost pay. By raising a strike fund to cover lost pay we can help drivers win the London Living Wage and begin to transform the economy from the bottom up. Please give whatever you can afford.
Find out more about the Deliveroo strike and updates, here.