The IWGB have now released a public statement on the situation with Deliveroo in Brighton. They’ve told the company that it has until 21st February to meet their demands or face the beginning of a campaign. In their words,
Britain’s leading union for workers in the so-called “gig-economy” has given Deliveroo two weeks to improve the terms it offers its riders in Brighton or face mass action, including protests and strikes.
Brighton’s Deliveroo riders, who on many occasions earn below the minimum wage, joined the Independent Workers’ Union of Great Britain (IWGB) over the weekend, after meeting union representatives, as they demand improved pay and working conditions.
The IWGB sent a letter today to Deliveroo outlining its demands for Brighton riders, including a hiring freeze and an increase in their rate from £4 to £5 per drop. This follows on from a pending IWGB tribunal claim concerning Deliveroo’s bogus classification of its riders as “independent contractors” (more on which below).
Due to the company’s policy of over-hiring in Brighton, many riders are faced with a stark situation of spending several hours in the cold waiting for work, at times, for as long as four hours. They don’t receive any money for the hours they spend waiting and have to pay for all their own equipment and costs.
Brighton Deliveroo rider Guy said: “Now as a result of over-recruitment it is becoming relatively common to work on average for 4 pounds an hour, especially during the day from Monday to Thursday, when you only get one delivery an hour. Even if we solve the issues of over-recruitment we still need to get a better pay so that we manage to earn the minimum wage when all costs are included.”
“I’ve known some riders to be sitting in the zone centre with no work for three to four hours,” he said. “If we can act together we can force them to listen to our demands and we know that the IWGB has been successful with this in the past.”
To stay informed about the dispute, check the IWGB Couriers’ branch page here.