The concessions won by the London Deliveroo strike are an important win. But they’re still only concessions: management haven’t backed down on the new payment model altogether, and it’s certainly far short of the workers’ demand for the full London Living Wage and costs.
Importantly, someone commenting on the IWGB facebook page claims that the new contracts have been imposed in Birmingham today. This means that the company will probably be trying to quietly introduce them across the country, bit by bit, until they can portray anyone still on the old system as being an unfair exception. The London strike has shown how powerful collective action can be, now that strength needs to go nationwide.
To restate: Deliveroo have a list of the restaurants they have contracts with and the areas they cover here. They operate in Brighton, Oxford, Cambridge, Reading, Guildford, Bristol, Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds, Birmingham, Nottingham, Edinburgh, Southampton, Cheltenham, Leicester, Cardiff, Sheffield, Chester, Glasgow, Bournemouth, Exeter, Harrogate, Bath, Aberdeen, Newcastle, Derby, Coventry, York, Norwich, Portsmouth, Belfast, Durham, Milton Keynes, St Albans, Stoke-on-Trent, Tunbridge Wells, Sevenoaks, Watford, Leamington Spa, Ellesmere Port, Basingstoke, Windsor, Lytham St Annes, and Hereford.
If you live in one of those places, there are Deliveroo drivers working in your area, and the company may well be trying to twist their arms to sign up to the new contracts now. Now would be a good time to try and get in touch with them – if you don’t know where the drivers hang out near you, check the list of restaurants on the Deliveroo site. Talk to them about the new contracts, find out what the situation in your area is, put them in touch with anyone, like the IWW, who might be able to help them organise, and share whatever you can find out about what management’s plan is. The achievements won by the Deliveroo strikers in London are impressive, so we shouldn’t let management chip away at them by imposing the new contracts across the rest of the country and isolating those drivers who stand up to them.