Uber, Deliveroo, and other precarious/gig economy updates

A few recent-ish updates: Uber have lost their appeal against the employment tribunal that ruled that Uber drivers are workers; meanwhile, Deliveroo have managed to get a ruling that Deliveroo drivers are not workers, showing how tricky these kinds of legal strategies can be. Also, City Sprint have apparently made everyone sign new contracts to get around a recent tribunal win for couriers there.

In less legalistic news, the Deliveroo workers’ bulletin, the Rebel Roo, has started publishing again after a six-month break, with a new issue that covers the recent Bristol wildcat – apparently “Unionised riders from the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) were there to offer support if it was needed. It wasn’t – the wildcat action from the moped riders was enough.” As ever, you can print a few copies out if you’ve got access to a printer, or email rebelroouk@gmail.com to request some if you haven’t, and help pass a few on to riders near you.

If you’d like to know more about the situation at Deliveroo, Viewpoint Magazine recently published a “workers’ inquiry” article co-written by a Deliveroo rider with the marvellous psuedonym of Facility Waters and an academic who writes about this stuff; or, for a less high-brow take on the experience, there’s deliveroo_memes on instagram.


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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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