-DELIVEROO TOLD IT COULD FACE MASS ACTION INCLUDING PROTESTS AND STRIKES IF IT DOESN’T OFFER A BETTER DEAL TO RIDERS IN BRIGHTON WITHIN TWO WEEKS
-BRIGHTON RIDERS EARNING BELOW MINIMUM WAGE HAVE JOINED THE IWGB TRADE UNION WHICH ALREADY REPRESENTS RIDERS IN LONDON
-SOME RIDERS CAN WAIT UP TO 4 HOURS BEFORE GETTING A JOB
-UNION DEMANDS HIRING FREEZE IN BRIGHTON AND INCREASE IN DROP RATE FROM £4 TO £5
Brighton riders earning below minimum wage give Deliveroo two weeks to offer better terms or face mass action
The riders have joined the IWGB trade union, which already represents riders in London
Britain’s leading union for workers in the so-called “gig-economy” has given Deliveroo two weeks to improve the terms it offers its riders in Brighton or face mass action, including protests and strikes.
Brighton’s Deliveroo riders, who on many occasions earn below the minimum wage, joined the Independent Workers’ Union of Great Britain (IWGB) over the weekend, after meeting union representatives, as they demand improved pay and working conditions.
The IWGB sent a letter today to Deliveroo outlining its demands for Brighton riders, including a hiring freeze and an increase in their rate from £4 to £5 per drop. This follows on from a pending IWGB tribunal claim concerning Deliveroo’s bogus classification of its riders as “independent contractors” (more on which below).
Due to the company’s policy of over-hiring in Brighton, many riders are faced with a stark situation of spending several hours in the cold waiting for work, at times, for as long as four hours. They don’t receive any money for the hours they spend waiting and have to pay for all their own equipment and costs.
Brighton Deliveroo rider Guy said: “Now as a result of over-recruitment it is becoming relatively common to work on average for 4 pounds an hour, especially during the day from Monday to Thursday, when you only get one delivery an hour. Even if we solve the issues of over-recruitment we still need to get a better pay so that we manage to earn the minimum wage when all costs are included.”
“I’ve known some riders to be sitting in the zone centre with no work for three to four hours,” he said. “If we can act together we can force them to listen to our demands and we know that the IWGB has been successful with this in the past.”
If the rider’s demands are not met the IWGB will organise a campaign of mass action, including protests, social media campaigns and possibly strikes.
The IWGB already is fighting to secure union recognition, a collective bargaining agreement for Deliveroo’s riders in Camden, London, and the recognition of the riders as “workers” rather than “independent contractors” legal proceedings it initiated in November, 2016.
The IWGB has achieved a series of victories for workers in the so-called “gig-economy”, most recently securing employment rights, including holiday pay and minimum wage for a bicycle courier employed by CitySprint, in a landmark ruling.
The union is also backing cases against courier firms including Addison Lee, eCourier, Excel, with hearings expected from March through the summer.
“It’s really heart-warming to see Deliveroo riders up and down the country coming together to unionize and fight against unfair work practices. They are fighting against the darkest forces of modern employment work practices,” says IWGB Couriers and Logistics Branch Chair Mags Dewhurst.
“The Deliveroo riders are not asking for anything unreasonable. They deserve the right to the national minimum wage, a fair contract and paid annual leave. These riders have the full support of the IWGB,” she said.
For more information:
Jason Moyer-Lee, IWGB General Secretary
02034907530 or 02035383720
The Independent Workers’ Union of Great Britain (IWGB) is the voice for some of the most vulnerable workers in the United Kingdom. We are a fully independent, worker led union. Our mission is to gain rights and welfare for under-represented workers in the UK, challenge the growing so-called ‘gig’ economy and fight against low pay.
We have waged a number of high profile campaigns such as for the London Living Wage at universities and courier companies and the 3 Cosas Campaign (sick pay, holidays, and pensions) at the University of London.