Grassroots unions of precarious workers and social movement groups taking to the streets of Brighton
Carnivalesque night-time protest with soundsystems and pyrotechnics starting at 7pm at Jubilee square
28 April: The Independent Workers’ Union of Great Britain (IWGB), the union that represents Deliveroo riders and other workers in the so-called “gig-economy”, will participate in a night-time protest carnival through the streets of Brighton on 1 May, with a coalition of other organisations representing precarious workers.
Grassroots workers’ organisations including the Supermarket Anti-Work Brigade, Precarious Workers Brighton and Brighton University Alternative Students Union, as well as social movement groups Solfed, Brighton Plan C, and Sussex Uni Cut the Rent are also taking part.
The protest will bring together common demands for a living wage and union recognition, but also against wage cuts, high rents and precarity.
As the world of work changes due to technology and increasing pressures on workers from a failing regulatory framework, new forms of organising are necessary.
“The fight we have had to do off our own back is the same one they are doing. Nobody else is looking after precarious workers but precarious workers themselves, so we have to work together,” said IWGB Brighton representative and Deliveroo rider Callum Cant. “It’s gonna be a loud carnivalesque display of solidarity: pyro, soundsystems and sick banners.”
The Supermarket Anti-Work Brigade represents Sainsbury’s employees that are not affiliated to the Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers (USDAW), while Precarious Workers Brighton is an organisation made up of hourly-paid lecturers and other staff at the University of Brighton, and is separate from the University and College Union.
“Deliveroo riders are taking to the streets for the third time in three months to protest their archaic working conditions. Deliveroo riders as much as anyone else – be they supermarket employees or university staff – deserve a real living wage, job security, and stable employment,” says IWGB Couriers and Logistics Branch Chair Maggie Dewhurst. “Casualisation is affecting an increasing number of sectors and workers are sick and tired of bearing all the risk and none of the benefits.”
The protest will take place in the evening, starting in Jubilee Square at 7pm.