UBER Eats: the next Deliveroo?

Uber Eats wildcat strike

An announcement from the United Voices of the World union states that:

“…the UBER Eats drivers… are also going on STRIKE!

Yes, that’s right, UBER Eats drivers are going on strike over their poverty wages! No employee status, no employee obligations: Wildcat strikes all the way!

Big things are happening people. The times are changing. Wake up, keep up and get involved!

There’ll be a mass rally in solidarity with hundreds of brave and inspiring UBER Eats drivers this Friday. Details to follow so stay tuned.”

That seems to be pretty much all the public information for now, so keep an eye on the UVW and IWGB Couriers and Logistics Branch social media presences for more info in the next few days. The Telegraph and Bloomberg have both picked up on the story already, although neither of them have that much to add to it. So far, unlike Deliveroo, UBER Eats seems to be just operating in London, but it’s worth noting they plan to expand into Birmingham in the near future, and also plan to recruit in Manchester and Leeds, so people in those cities should keep their eyes peeled for chances to spread workers’ self-organisation there.

Meanwhile, while the Deliveroo struggle may have reached a temporary truce, it’s far from over – the official IWGB write-up notes a number of ongoing issues, and points out that, crucially, the existing pay guarantees will expire on September 14th. So, come the 14th, we should be prepared for things to kick off at Deliveroo again. And, of course, there’s always the possibility of couriers’ self-organisation spreading to places outside London, which would change the balance of forces further. This is a definitely a situation to continue watching, and to think about how we can intervene in.

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"The impulse to fight against work and management is immediately collective. As we fight against the conditions of our own lives, we see that other people are doing the same. To get anywhere we have to fight side by side. We begin to break down the divisions between us and prejudices, hierarchies, and nationalisms begin to be undermined. As we build trust and solidarity, we grow more daring and combative. More becomes possible. We get more organized, more confident, more disruptive and more powerful."
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