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 email@example.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.