The growth of grassroots workers’ organisations at “gig economy” companies like Deliveroo and UberEats has been one of the few bright spots in the last few months, and this seems to be part of an international trend to judge by recent news from Italy. But so far, one major limitation has been the way that organisation and resistance has been localised in London, with little information available about the conditions of workers at the same companies elsewhere.
Now this could be set to change: Bristol Deliveroo workers have started organising through the local IWW branch, and a new bulletin is being produced with the aim of helping Deliveroo workers in the UK and nationally to communicate and organise.
Anyone with an interest in helping spread workers’ self-organisation can help get the Rebel Roo bulletin into the hands of Deliveroo riders near you: you can get copies by emailing rebelroouk (at) gmail (dot) com, or anyone who has access to a printer or photocopier at work can make their own easily enough. If you don’t know where to find Deliveroo riders in your area, you can find which restaurants have contracts with them by checking this list, or by entering your postcode here.
As ever, an injury to one is an injury to all, and the spread of communication, organisation and confidence among Deliveroo workers would help shift things in a direction that could benefit us all.