Bristol Deliveroo riders to strike for their employment rights
Deliveroo riders in Bristol have announced an all-out strike today (Friday 18th January 2019) from 6pm until Saturday.
The couriers will gather in the city centre this evening in a protest against the ‘gig’ economy company regarding riders’ employment status, pay and conditions.
Today’s strike will be the fourth action Bristol riders have taken against Deliveroo, which is now valued at more than £1 billion, following a national strike in October and a rally and an unofficial strike on 11th December.
Following a meeting and failed negotiations between the riders and Deliveroo’s management held last week, this could be the biggest strike yet.
What are Deliveroo couriers’ employment rights?
Deliveroo couriers are not guaranteed a minimum wage nor a pension, holiday or sick pay. They have to cover their own equipment costs, tax and national insurance, as they are classified as self-employed.
The riders will be protesting for better pay and conditions, particularly after recent changes to their contracts, which riders say had the effect of cutting their pay.
There are also reports of Deliveroo couriers having longer (unpaid) wait times than ever, with restaurants not preparing food on time.