A quick update on what’s been happening in the Leeds Deliveroo dispute:
1) The company’s officially written to riders in response to concerns they raised, and the local IWW branch has replied. As the union put it:
“Last week several of our members, also riders at Deliveroo, wrote to the company to express their concerns about mismanagement in Leeds. They had been threatened regarding their right to unionise; their right to take breaks during shifts lasting up to 15 hours; and their right to work for competitors.
1. Formal communication between management and riders, and an end to important information being conveyed through ‘Leeds Roos’ WhatsApp group.
2. The right to take breaks in line with those legally entitled to Workers.
3. A minimum of a 7 days warning period prior to Contract Terminations, allowing riders to rectify any issues with their Service Standards.
4. For Terminations to be clearly and evidentially justified.
5. An end to threats regarding Riders working for other companies, and an end to all other local management practices that our in breach of the Supplier Agreement.
6. The Reinstatement of the fixed hours of those workers victimised by Leeds management.
7. A formalised ‘worker’ relationship between riders and Deliveroo.
Below is Deliveroo’s response, acknowledging riders’ right to take breaks, work for competitors and for all correspondence to be made through official channels. The result is far greater peace of mind for riders regarding their own safety (they need time to eat and rest to ride safely!) and ensuring a more secure source of income (working for 2 shit companies can be better than 1!).
The concession that immediate terminations are ‘reserved for illegal or threatening activity’ gives us hope of having a great number of contracts reinstated.
However, they have failed to address our concerns regarding the targeting of union members and their recognition as workers. Their assertion that they redistribute hours fairly is deeply misleading and fails to address the issues caused by the company’s over recruitment…
[Our members replied demanding]:
1) The reinstatement of the fixed hours of those workers victimised by Leeds management.
Those workers details are as follows:
****** – 48.75 hours
********* – 41 hours
********* – 39.75 hours
******** – Reinstatement of Contract
2. The reinstatement of any worker unfairly terminated for ‘serious or material’ breaches of contract.
3. A formalised ‘worker’ relationship between riders and Deliveroo, and the recognition of our union, the IWW.
4. Formal involvement in the review into Leeds management malpractice, from Riders and our union, the IWW.
5. A recruitment freeze, until the conclusion of this review.”
2) Vice’s new politics podcast features an interview with some of the victimised workers, you can listen to that here.
3) As ever, you can help out by donating to the Leeds riders’ hardship fund, leaving comments all over Deliveroo’s social media presence, getting along to a bike ride if you’re in Leeds or Brighton, and getting copies of the Rebel Roo bulletin into the hands of local Deliveroo riders wherever you live.