In Brighton, where Deliveroo riders gave the company two weeks to institute a hiring freeze and raise the rate per drop to £5, the first of those demands has now been met. There’s now just a few days to go until the deadline, when riders will launch a campaign through the IWGB union calling for the rate increase if it’s not already been granted.
Meanwhile in Leeds, attempts by Deliveroo riders to unionise have been met by key organisers having their shifts slashed, essentially trying to force them out of employment. According to Bradford IWW, “5 of the members have been effectively sacked with their hours cut from 35 hours a week to zero, and 2 others have had their hours cut from 35+ hours to only 5 hours.
Their hardship is extreme and immediate. Two riders have kids, all have rent and bills to pay, and as ‘self employed’ all have a tax bill coming in three months that most were expecting to pay from money earned in the last quarter.”
If you’re in the West Yorkshire area, you can learn more – and help contribute to the victimised workers’ hardship fund – by coming to a screening of Bread & Roses on Saturday 24th February at the Kirkgate Centre in Shipley.