Deliveroo riders in the so-called ‘Gig Economy’ are set to go on strike this Friday, 12th July, over a change to the way workers are allocated work-sessions.
The platform has recently introduced a new metric which penalises cyclists in a statistic called ‘Vehicle Priority’.
The new metric prioritises those who choose to do deliveries via a motorised vehicle over those who complete work on a pushbike.
This change will force the majority of Deliveroo’s fleet of cyclists into financial hardship by a reduction in hours available to work and subsequently a reduction in pay.
Nottingham Drivers’ Network says:
‘The company have come out with the dubious explanation that the change is in order to better serve the customers who do not reside within the city boundary, however this sudden and abrupt change will impact their existing team of Riders, unreasonably affecting cyclists who will ultimately face a slow ‘redundancy’; these are the same cyclists that Deliveroo have built their eco-friendly image on.’
‘Like all Deliveroo workers, these cyclists work tirelessly in all weather conditions and have suffered continually falling pay to build Deliveroo into one of the most valuable companies in Europe.
‘This sudden enforcement is also an insult to our environment, in a time where we face a Climate Emergency, many companies and individuals are cleaning up their act, Deliveroo have turned a blind eye to the emissions that these motorised vehicles produce and appear to have parked any green policies they are to implement, favouring motors over muscle and profit over the planet.’
“Cars and scooters will now be given a ‘vehicle priority’ and ultimately gain more favourable access to shift bookings over cyclists, this is an insult to the rider-force in Nottingham and nationally. Deliveroo’s persistent backwards decisions will leave many of my colleagues out of pocket and unable to provide for their families and support themselves. We are calling on Deliveroo to provide fair access to work for all and to remove this detrimental and exploitative new metric for the sake of their riders, their reputation and the planet. On Friday we will bring workers’ rights and the environment together. In respect to our city centre restaurants we will be campaigning at Deliveroo’s door at their Editions Kitchen in Nottingham.” – Greg, Deliveroo Rider.