Bristol Deliveroo riders to strike for their employment rights
Deliveroo riders in Bristol have announced an all-out strike today (Friday 18 January 2019) from 6pm until Saturday.
The company’s couriers will gather in the city centre this evening in a protest against the ‘gig’ economy firm regarding riders’ employment status, pay and conditions.
Today’s strike will be the fourth action Bristol riders have taken against the company, 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.
Deliveroo couriers are not guaranteed a minimum wage nor a pension, holiday or sick pay, and have to cover their own equipment costs, tax and national insurance, due to the fact that they are classified as self-employed. The riders will today protest 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 couriers having longer (unpaid) wait times than ever, with restaurants not preparing food on time.