Feb 13, 2024

Deliveroo and Uber Eats riders strike on Valentine's Day

Takeaway delivery drivers are planning to strike on Valentine's Day to demand better pay and improved working conditions. The action, impacting four food apps including Deliveroo and Uber Eats, is thought to involve as many as 3,000 drivers and riders on Wednesday between 17:00 and 22:00 GMT. One cyclist taking part told the BBC their pay was "Absolutely ridiculous". The action, organised by a grassroots group of couriers, many of whom are Brazilian, is intended to draw attention to what has been described as poor pay and working conditions many riders face while delivering food and groceries in cities across the UK. "Sacrificing a few hours for our rights is essential, instead of continuing to work incessantly for insufficient wages," the group Delivery Job UK said on its Instagram page. Aside from Deliveroo and Uber Eats, Just Eat and Stuart.com will also be affected, with couriers who normally compete across multiple apps for delivery planning to refuse to take orders. In a statement, Deliveroo said it offered its riders self-employed, flexible work, alongside protections.

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