Meetings

The Deliverunion working group meets every second week at a Kreuzberg location. If you want regular invitations or just know the location send us an e-mail and we’ll let you know – faub-delivery [a] fau . org

The meetings are open for any rider working in Berlin and you don’t have to be a member. If you want to become a member you can print this and bring to the meeting, or you could just sign up online.

[DE+EN] Deliverunion 2 years

Im Januar 2017 starteten Riders von Deliveroo und Foodora gemeinsam mit FAU Berlin, was heute die Deliverunion Kampagne ist. Wir wollen das mit Euch und ziemlich guten Punk Bands sowie ein paar feinen DJ´s feiern. Wenn du Rider bist, bist du VIP. Zeig uns beim Einlass einfach deine App!

Bands 22-00

Acht Eimer Hühnerherzen (Nylon – Punk, Alter!)
SMiSK (x-rated punk, malmö)

DJs 00-06

Petrosilius (acid house)
Hans Heimlich (art techno/tech house)
Tektonik (frenchcore/hardtek)

Wann: 12. Januar

Einlass: 21.00

Wo: Um den genauen Veranstaltungsort zu erfahren, schreib eine Mail an faub-location (a) fau . org!

fb: Acht Eimer Hühnerherzen youtube: Neu in Dur

fb: SMiSK youtube: Låt det brinna

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In January 2017 riders from Deliveroo and Foodora together with FAU Berlin started up what today is the Deliverunion campaign. We wanna celebrate this with you with some pretty pretty pretty good punk bands and a bunch of fine DJs. If you’re a rider you’re VIP, just show your app!

Bands 22-00

Acht Eimer Hühnerherzen (Nylon – Punk, Alter!)
SMiSK (x-rated punk, malmö)

DJs 00-06

Petrosilius (acid house)
Hans Heimlich (art techno/tech house)
Tektonik (frenchcore/hardtek)

When: 12 January

Doors: 21.00

Where: The venue is secret but just write an e-mail to faub-location (a) fau . org for location!

fb: Acht Eimer Hühnerherzen youtube: Neu in Dur

fb: SMiSK youtube: Låt det brinna

Visit from Deliverunion Leipzig

A delegation from FAU’s Leipzig Deliverunion campaign visited Foodoras HQ in Berlin last Thursday to hand over a petition with demands. The petition was signed from 60% of the Foodora workforce in Leipzig, among them all four rider captains.

They met management for a discussion and will evaluate further steps in January.

The demands are:

  • Higher hourly wage: +1€/h
  • A meaningful compensation for wear and tear of 39ct/km
  • fairer and more transparent shift system
  • stopping the use of the time-limited contracts

Read more on their webpage.

Class struggle without borders – A report from Stockholm

Transnational Social Strike Platform is a network of base organised unions and other leftists organisations working with labour rights. A meeting of the network was hosted by its local participants in Stockholm, Sweden, from 23rd to 25th of November. A rider active in the Deliverunion campaign represented FAU Berlin. The theme, “Against the logistics of exploitation”, was related to a notion of ‘logistic control’: this control concerns the connections of production sites and labour over transnational production chains and differentiated working conditions, including such conditions as international subcontracting, outsourcing, privatisation and precarisation.

The opening session on Friday afternoon included a panel discussion, in which the main focus was on the right to strike. One of the inputs into discussion was the recent plan of the Swedish government to restrict right to strike: under the new law, it will be legal to strike only as part of collective bargaining for a national collective contract. Other inputs into discussion included the struggle of Georgian metro workers, who had used a hunger strike in their struggle as they were denied by a court decision their right to strike, as well as reports from the International Women’s Strike. In the discussion following the panel, participants were stressing that it is of crucial importance to defend the right to strike, and workers should strive to defend their right by striking. Nevertheless, the focus should not be excessively on legality issues, as it is essentially not so important if a strike is legal or not. Furthermore, it was recognised that strikes can take many forms, and we need to be creative in broadening our thinking and understanding on what a strike can be.

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Deliveroo riders from UK and France visit Berlin!

Don’t miss this important meeting on Tuesday (Dec 11th) 3-5pm about the new distance based pay system.

Deliveroo riders from UK and France will talk about their experiences with the new system in their countries (disclaimer, their pay went down and distances got longer). We look forward to seeing you and chatting more about this important issue!

Where: New Yorck im Bethanien, Mariannenplatz 2a, 10997 Berlin-Kreuzberg.

Don’t believe the hype – the new fee system is a trap! Come together now!

Colleagues and fellow Deliveroo riders!
 
Deliveroo is about to implement a new fee system in Germany. This new pay scheme is already in place in most other countries in Europe where Deliveroo operates. The company has told us that we can now choose to participate the experiment for a new fee system, if we like. Do not be fooled by this! In France, for example, all the old contracts were eventually terminated, and everyone was forced to take up the new system.
 
The new fee is partially based on distance, so longer deliveries will be paid better. Surely we would like to be paid more for longer distances? Don’t believe the hype, it’s a trap! Our fellow riders in UK are telling us that the company will start to tamper with the fees, changing the minimum pays according to their whim. The odds are, that eventually we will have to work even harder to make the same income as we do now. As if we didn’t work our asses off already! Nothing guarantees that our earnings will not fall. In fact, that seems very likely.

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The Logistics of Exploitation

November 23-25 Deliverunion Berlin (FAU) will participate in the conference “Against the Logistics of Exploitation” in Stockholm, Sweden.

We will come together and network with other unions and groups across Europe, for example: IWGB (England), IP (Poland), SI COBAS (Italy) and The Dock Workers Union and SAC (Sweden). While being in the north we’ll also try to meet up with the Finnish riders from the campaign #justice4couriers

Participators/fb-event: facebook event

The full program can be seen here: transnational-strike.info

Riders across Europe unite to form the Transnational Federation of Couriers

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.

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Deliverunion is going to Brussels

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.

“Wow, you can do that?” (EN/DE/SE)

SE Riders Unite Flyer

 

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.

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