Last week riders from DeliverUnion joined couriers from 31 other European collectives and unions from 12 countries in Brussels to share common strategies and to found the Transnational Courier Federation! It was really exciting to meet and learn from so many other riders who are organising under platform companies such as Deliveroo, UberEats and Foodora, and also couriers who have started their own cooperative delivery companies.
“These companies operate on a transnational level, so we need to resist them on a transnational level.” (IWW Courier Network member)
Since 2016 riders for “gig economy” platforms have been organising for better working conditions across Europe and beyond to Hong Kong, Indonesia, Argentina and Australia, grabbing media headlines with their demonstrations and strikes.
Continue reading “Riders across Europe unite to form the Transnational Federation of Couriers”
October 25-26 Deliverunion is travelling to Brussels to meet other riders from around Europe for the biggest international meeting of food delivery couriers ever!
Since 2016 a wave of rider strikes and protests has spread through Europe. Hundreds of couriers have stood up to the exploitative practices of Deliveroo, UberEats, Foodora and the like, demanding better wages and protections at work.
This week riders from Italy, Spain, France, UK, Netherlands, Switzerland, Denmark, Germany, Austria and Belgium will meet in Brussels to share experiences and ideas on organising for better working conditions.
This is an exciting chance to learn from the successes and failures from each country, and to connect and strengthen our common campaigns through a European wide courier network against poverty pay and precarious work in the gig economy.
Video by labournet.tv
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Letzte Woche streikten Fahrer_innen von Uber Eats in London, mit 300 Mopeds haben sie Central London stillgelegt!
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Last week riders from Uber eats in London went on strike, with 300 mopeds they shut down central London!
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.
Continue reading ““Wow, you can do that?” (EN/DE/SE)”
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.
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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 🙂
Check out the information contained in our new campaign flyers below:
Getting paid for riding your bike?
… But not under those conditions …
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!”
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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!”