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Deliveroo drivers from the Independent Workers’ Union of Great Britain (IWGB) have voted for Deliveroo and will take industrial action tomorrow, Wednesday 7th April, to coincide with the company’s initial public offering on the London Stock Exchange. The drivers demand a living wage, safety protection and basic employee rights.

The strike fund raised nearly £ 10,000 in just a few days last week, and socially distant protests are being organized in London, York, Sheffield, Reading and Wolverhampton. International support measures are expected in Australia (TWU), France (CGT), the Netherlands (FNV), Ireland (SIPTU) and Spain (UGT). Deliveroo is now the world’s most protested app-based platform.

Since it was revealed on March 23 that Deliveroo is paying some drivers just £ 2 an hour, at least 12 major investment firms have indicated they will not invest and Deliveroo’s valuation has gone from £ 9bn to £ 5.5bn sunk.

Deliveroo has also come under increasing pressure from parliament as a large number of MPs from all parties support the demands of the IWGB. In May, over 70 MPs declared that Deliveroo’s actions “put thousands of people at risk” and that ignoring IWGB’s demands “will counteract efforts to slow the spread of the virus”.

The company’s main competitor, Just Eat, has already announced its intention to abandon the gig economy model of “bogus self-employment”. Other courier companies have been forced to do so by courts in the UK and victories against Deliveroo are being won in courts abroad.

Alex Marshall, President (IWGB) and former bicycle courier “Deliveroo is a wrong choice between flexibility and basic rights, but the Uber ruling has shown that workers both here and abroad can have both. That is the least they deserve and what the public expects from our frontline workers. They said it couldn’t be done, but by organizing and speaking out, the drivers have created a domino effect that has already broken in £ 3 billion in Deliveroo’s valuation, and which should give a break to any company that believes precarious workers could be exploited indefinitely without consequence become. It is time for Deliveroo to do the right thing, recognize its drivers as workers and treat them like people. “

Greg Howard, Driver and Chairman of Deliveroo, Couriers & Logistics Branch (IWGB) added, “I am on strike for my fundamental rights and those of all other drivers who are struggling to get through and help families pay for the Deliveroo poverty. I’ve seen conditions worsen for years and then I signed Covid-19 with very little support from Deliveroo. After the pandemic, more people than ever understand that this exploitation is not a way to treat anyone, let alone key workers. The turning point is clear. It’s time for driver rights. “