“Wow, you can do that?” (EN/DE/SE)

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September 14-16, FAU Berlin visited three Swedish cities and talked about the Deliverunion campaign. Despair and frustration changed into hope of change.

In the spring of 2018 SAC invited us to talk about the #Deliverunion campaign. Between 14-16 September, we visited Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmö, where the local unions organized information meetings open to all but especially for riders. Union working groups had produced local info-material and distributed them to the riders on the street, with one leaflet inviting them to the meeting and the other, describing how SAC had now taken on the delivery companies and urging all riders to join their local unions.

A handful of riders attended each of the three meetings. The conversation revolved around their work environment, the (self-)organising they had already done and the difficulties and opportunities in reaching out to their colleagues. We from Berlin talked about how we started organizing ourselves, about the experiences we made, and about successes and hardships in our campaign of over 2 years. The similarity of our situations and the common frustration with our working conditions were striking.

The fact that we did something about this frustration in Berlin gave a lot of energy both to the riders in Sweden to start their own campaign, but also to us, to continue what we started. When we showed images from actions we did, the enthusiasm was great: “Wow, you can do that?”. The meetings also encouraged the local union organizers who showed a lot of interest in supporting the riders in their fight for better conditions at Uber eats, Foodora and Hungrig. They immediately took the first steps: contact information was exchanged, follow-up meetings were set up and hopefully, within the next few months, we will see articles and stories about riders getting together and struggling for change. As in Berlin, these struggles start locally, but live from connections with other struggles – in different workplaces, different cities and different countries. In Sweden, we specifically talked about connecting the organized riders in Stockholm, Göteborg, Malmö, Uppsala and Lund. Of course, we also mentioned the international riders conference in Brussels which we will visit in late October and encouraged representatives from Sweden to attend it.

In many ways we live in dark times. However, that pep we met when we talked about how we organized in Berlin, is one of the things that gives us hope. The same energy we received from IWW and IWGB when we started our campaign – hopefully, we now have passed it on to our comrades in Sweden. Because when we cross borders and join fighting unions we have an enormous potential to change our lives: in the city where we live, but also nationally and internationally. We are the resistance. Join us.

 

„Wow, sowas kann man machen?“

Vom 14.-16. September besuchte die FAU Berlin drei schwedische Städte und sprach über die Deliverunion-Kampagne. Verzweiflung und Frustration verwandelten sich in Hoffnung auf Veränderung.

Im Frühjahr 2018 lud uns die SAC ein, über die Kampagne #Deliverunion zu sprechen. Vom 14. bis 16. September besuchten wir Stockholm, Göteborg und Malmö, wo die lokalen Gewerkschaften Informationstreffen organisierten, die für alle offen waren, sich aber in erster Linie an Fahrer*innen richteten. Die Arbeitsgruppen der Gewerkschaften hatten lokales Informationsmaterial erstellt und an die Fahrer auf der Straße verteilt, wobei ein Flyer sie zum Treffen einlud und der andere ankündigte, dass die SAC den Lieferfirmen den Kampf ansagte und alle Fahrer*innen aufforderte, sich ihren lokalen Gewerkschaften anzuschließen.

An jedem der drei Treffen nahmen eine Handvoll Fahrer*innen teil. Im Mittelpunkt des Gesprächs standen ihr Arbeitsalltag, ihre bereits begonnene (Selbst‑)Organisation sowie die Schwierigkeiten und Möglichkeiten, ihre Kolleg*innen zu erreichen. Wir aus Berlin sprachen darüber, wie wir uns organisiert haben, über die Erfahrungen, die wir gemacht haben, und über Erfolge und Schwierigkeiten in unserer inzwischen schon mehr als zwei Jahre andauernden Kampagne. Die Ähnlichkeit unserer Situationen und die gemeinsame Frustration mit unseren Arbeitsbedingungen waren enorm.

Die Tatsache, dass wir in Berlin etwas gegen diese Frustration unternommen haben, gab den Fahrern in Schweden viel Energie, ihre eigene Kampagne zu starten, und gab uns neue Energie, das fortzusetzen, was wir begonnen haben. Als wir Bilder von Aktionen zeigten, die wir auf die Beine gestellt haben, war die Begeisterung groß: “Wow, sowas kann man machen?”. Die Treffen ermutigten auch die lokalen Gewerkschaftsorganisatoren, die großes Interesse zeigten, die Fahrer in ihrem Kampf für bessere Bedingungen bei Uber Eats, Foodora und Hungrig zu unterstützen. Sie unternahmen sofort die ersten Schritte: Kontaktinformationen wurden ausgetauscht, Folgetreffen wurden vereinbart und hoffentlich werden wir in den nächsten Monaten Artikel und Geschichten über die Organisation von Fahrer*innen und ihren Kampf für Veränderungen lesen. Wie in Berlin beginnen diese Kämpfe vor Ort, leben aber von Verbindungen zu anderen Kämpfen – an verschiedenen Arbeitsplätzen, in verschiedenen Städten und Ländern. In Schweden haben wir zum Beispiel über die Vernetzung der organisierten Fahrer*innen in Stockholm, Göteborg, Malmö, Uppsala und Lund gesprochen. Natürlich haben wir auch die internationale Reiterkonferenz in Brüssel erwähnt, die wir Ende Oktober besuchen werden, und Vertreter*innen aus Schweden eingeladen, daran teilzunehmen.

In vielerlei Hinsicht leben wir in düsteren Zeiten. Aber der Pep, mit dem die Fahrer*innen und Genoss*innen reagierten, als wir über unsere Kampagne in Berlin sprachen, ist eines der Dinge, die uns Hoffnung geben. Die gleiche Energie, die wir von IWW und IWGB zu Beginn unserer Kampagne erhielten – hoffentlich haben wir sie nun an unsere Genoss*innen in Schweden weitergegeben. Denn wenn wir Grenzen überschreiten und uns kämpferischen Gewerkschaften anschließen, haben wir ein enormes Potenzial, unser Leben zu verändern: in der Stadt, in der wir leben, aber auch national und international. Wir sind der Widerstand. Mach mit!

 

“Wow, kan man göra så?”

14-16:e september besökte FAU Berlin tre svenska städer och berättade om kampanjen #Deliverunion. Förtvivlan och frustration byttes mot hopp om förändring.

SAC bjöd våren 2018 in FAU för att berätta om kampanjen #Deliverunion. 14-16e september besöktes således Stockholm, Göteborg och Malmö där de lokala fackföreningarna arrangerade infomöten öppna för alla men speciellt för cykelbud, så kallade riders. Det producerades lokala material som genom arbetsgrupper delades ut till buden på gatan, ett som hänvisade till mötet och ett annat flygblad som beskrev hur SAC nu tagit sig an budföretagen och uppmanade alla riders att sluta sig samman i sitt lokala fack.

Till mötena kom en handfull riders i varje stad. Samtalet kretsade kring deras arbetssituation, vad som hittills gjorts för att sluta sig samman samt svårigheter och möjligheter att nå ut till sina kollegor. Vi från Berlin hakade sedan på och berättade hur vi började organisera oss, våra erfarenheter och utmaningar. Våra liknande erfarenheter och den gemensamma frustationen var slående. Att vi gjort något i Berlin möttes av entusiasm men gav även oss energi att fortsätta det vi startat. När vi visade bilder från aktioner vi genomfört var entusiasmen stor: “wow, kan man göra så?”. Till mötena kom även nyfikna samt fackliga organisatörer som visade intresse till att kämpa för bättre förhållanden på de olika arbetsköparna Uber eats, Foodora och Hungrig. Kontaktuppgifter byttes och förhoppningsvis kommer vi inom de närmaste månaderna se artiklar och berättelser om cykelbud som sluter sig samman för att förändra. Samtalen kretsade mycket om att nå ut till sina kollegor i sin egna stad men också om att sluta samman kamperna i de olika städerna. Vi från Berlin nämnde även cykelbudskonferensen i Bryssel som vi ska besöka i slutet av oktober och uppmanade representanter från Sverige att ansluta sig till den.

På många sätt lever vi i en mörk tid. Ett hopp är den pepp vi möttes av när vi berättade om hur vi organiserat oss i Berlin. Samma energi som vi fick av IWW och IWGB när vi började vår kampanj har vi förhoppningsvis nu skickat vidare. När vi enas över landsgränserna och sluter oss samman i kämpande fackföreningar har vi en enorm potential att förändra våra liv – i staden där vi bor, men också nationellt och internationellt. Det är vi som är motståndet. Anslut dig.

Deliverunion Sweden Tour

The Swedish union SAC Syndikalisterna is launching the campaign Deliverunion – organizing riders working for companies like Foodora and Uber Eats in Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmö. Riders from Berlin will visit the cities between the 14-16th of September and talk about what we’ve been doing the last 18 months!

• Stockholm: Friday 14th September 17:00 at SAC-huset, 3rd floor, Sveavägen 98.
• Gothenburg: Saturday 15th September 15:30 at Viktoriahuset/Hagabion, Linnégatan 21.
• Malmö: Sunday 16th September 16:00 at Café Jesusbaren, Falsterbogatan 27B.

#Deliverunion Survey – Foodora Rider Opinions of Shift Planning App

Having trouble with the newly-introduced shift planning app (Rooster)? Take our survey and let us know!

We want to better understand the obstacles that riders are facing in doing their unpaid shift planning on a weekly basis.

The Deliverunion campaign is based on riders’ own workplace issues and demands. Help us today and take our shift planning survey 🙂

How to be broke in one week at Deliveroo

I’m a Deliveroo rider, and this is my story about why I’m broke:

While working at Deliveroo one small incident can dramatically change your living conditions. This is all because of an unfair shift booking system, too many riders, and a company that pushes the consequences of not getting enough customers for their workers. All of this happened to me in the last two weeks. It is my personal experience, but unfortunately there are hundreds of stories like this in the city. So let me tell you what happened…
As you probably know, to be able to work you first need to register for a shift. It is not easy, as there are far more riders than free shifts. Deliveroo constantly “hires” new people. Well, actually they don’t hire anyone, as everybody is offered only a freelance contract. This way Deliveroo has no costs of getting more and more people on board, but the number of shifts remains the same.

Berlin is divided into different zones. The shifts are also not equally profitable. There are zones and time periods where it is impossible to make even an average of 5 euro per hour (believe me, many of us tried). But it is worth taking shifts in zones with lots of restaurants and customers, at times when people order more food. During these shifts you can earn easily 15 euro per hour. But shifts like this are few. All the shifts are one hour long.

In order to manage the shifts Deliveroo developed a system that divides all the riders into 3 groups. All the shifts for the coming week are released on one day. The first group has first access to the booking system before the others. A few hours later the second group can book shifts, and then the third. This means that the last group has very little or no choice – usually all good shifts are gone in the first round. There is also a possibility to work the same shifts one already had worked the previous week. This automated copy is also dependent on which group you are in.

Continue reading “How to be broke in one week at Deliveroo”

Deliveroo – Shame on You!

On the afternoon of Friday, the 13th of April, around 60 riders and supporters gathered on Oranienplatz in Berlin-Kreuzberg. They took to the streets to protest the working conditions at Deliveroo and it’s disregard for their worker’s right to unionize. The demonstration was organized by the FAU Berlin, the union representing both Deliveroo and Foodora riders in Berlin since early 2017. It was part of an international day of action against Union Busting and exploitation in turn organized by aktion./.arbeitsunrecht from Cologne (see action reports from other cities: https://arbeitsunrecht.de/shame-on-you-deliveroo/). In an online vote to determine the “worst employer”, and thus “winner” of this day of action, Deliveroo came in first, closely followed by the restaurant chain Nordsee. Continue reading “Deliveroo – Shame on You!”

Eat this Deliveroo: Over 150 Deliveroo-Riders Sign For Better Working Conditions!

(deutsche Version unten)

Last Friday we handed in our petition signed by over 150 riders to the Deliveroo head offices – you should have seen their faces when they opened the pizza box and saw over 30 pages of signatures!

We gave them until Friday 13th to reply with a negotiation meeting date, to discuss our demands:

• pay us for waiting time (4€ for every half an hour without an order)
• cover our compulsory statutory accident insurance
• reimburse bike parts expenses (0,35€/km)
• progressively raises riders’ pay (an additional 0,50€ after 3, 6 and 12 months of working for Deliveroo) Continue reading “Eat this Deliveroo: Over 150 Deliveroo-Riders Sign For Better Working Conditions!”

FR13 – Deliveroo, Shame on You!

Breaking: Deliveroo has been voted as the worst employer in the Arbeitsunrecht awards, for its union busting activities and contempt for workers rights!

Whenever a Friday falls on the 13th of the month Aktion ./. arbeitsunrecht prepares a vote for the worst employer award and this time Deliveroo won! The prize? A state wide day of action against Deliveroo.

In Berlin we are starting the “Deliveroo shame on you” bicycle demo on Friday the 13th April at 16.30 at Oranienplatz – come and show your support to the Deliveroo workers. If you can’t make it by bike please meet us at the Deliveroo offices in Schlesische Str. 26 at 18:00 for the rally instead.

The multi-billion dollar company Deliveroo is guilty of hiring workers on bogus self-employment contracts, denying them a minimum wage, not recognising their union and dismantling their works councils. Continue reading “FR13 – Deliveroo, Shame on You!”

Deliveroo: Treat your workers fairly!

(deutsche version unten)

Deliveroo has found a way to maximise their profits with barely any economic risk. They managed to do so by shifting all the risk onto us, the riders.

Working for Deliveroo means no sick pay, no guaranteed income, no compensation for the necessary work materials and no job security!

This exploitation needs to stop!

We demand that Deliveroo:

  1. pays us for the waiting time (4€ for every half an hour without an order);

  2. covers our compulsory statutory accident insurance (BG Verkehr);

  3. reimburses bike part expenses (0,35€/km);

  4. progressively raises the pay (an additional 0,50€ after 3, 6 and 12 months of working for Deliveroo)

Only if we act together can we force them to listen to our call!

  Continue reading “Deliveroo: Treat your workers fairly!”