Sunday 13th August was another busy day for striking Deliveroo drivers.

We spent the evening informing restaurants in Jamestown Road, Camden NW1, of the situation with Deliveroo by talking to staff, managers and customers, many of whom sympathised with the strikers and offered support.

Strikers then went back to their zones and other zones to meet other drivers and asked them to join the strike.

Strikers are preparing for Monday’s day-long picket of the Recruitment Office in Angel, and returning to Deliveroo Head Office in the evening for another noisy protest by workers at 5pm.

We are also preparing for a day-long protest on Tuesday, more details to follow later.

On closing – the strike fund has passed £7k – which is astonishing and we are all really grateful to everyone for their support!!!

(Remember only striking drivers who are members of the Union will have access to funds.)

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IMPORTANT – PLEASE NOTE THE BELOW DETAILS ON WHY FRIDAY’S OFFER WAS REJECTED:

Drivers feel there is some important information missing from today’s media coverage – especially as reported on ITV and the BBC.

On ITV they said: “Following the Government’s line, the firm will now give workers the chance to opt out of the scheme.” We believe this is incorrect. The offer was made prior to the Government’s announcement that Deliveroo ‘should pay the NLW, pending court verification’ (our paraphrase). Deliveroo sent the offer to drivers was made by email around 15:40 on Friday 12th August, and as far as we’re aware, Deliveroo so far has not responded to the Government.

On BBC they said: “Announcing the concessions, the firm’s UK and Ireland managing director Dan Warne said: “We’ve reached out to every rider involved to gather feedback.”

“We’ve listened to their concerns and offered every rider the choice to withdraw from the trial.

“For those that choose to take part in the trial we’ll also be guaranteeing fees at peak times for riders will be at least £7.50 per hour plus tips and petrol costs.

And the firm said the new pay plan, which had led to driver protests, was only going to be a 90-day trial which will now be voluntary.”

Dan Warne has either failed to mention – or the BBC has failed to realise – that to access this £7.50/hour scheme they’ll have to work outside their normal zone – in unknown territory, not of their choosing – they’ll just be dumped somewhere by Deliveroo. It’s also important to note – in case you missed it – that it’ll only be for peak times (lunch and dinner) so the piece rate will STILL APPLY for the three hours between peak times.

We aren’t sure if the media are aware, or if Deliveroo has been omitting this information when talking to them, but we want to clarify the offer made to the striking workers.

Deliveroo have offered drivers to opt out of the new piece rate pay scheme ***ONLY if they move to another zone where the 7+1 scheme is still in place***.

This means drivers will have to work in zones far away, adding extra costs and time to their day. This also means drivers will have to learn their new zone from scratch and spend time building up their knowledge, as it takes weeks and months to get enough knowledge to work efficiently. Drivers will have to learn a whole new group of restaurants and customers.

Drivers have spent years working in their zones, getting to know their patch and building Deliveroo as a company – on the ground. It is not fair that they should move to another zone, because this will also mean taking a wage cut with the time it will take to learn their new area.

Drivers WANT TO STAY IN THEIR CURRENT ZONE.

Drivers DO NOT BELIEVE IT’S A TRIAL AND SHOULD NOT HAVE TO SIGN A NEW AGREEMENT.

Drivers DO NOT TRUST THE DELIVEROO MANAGEMENT.

Deliveroo refuse to answer drivers’ questions clearly and properly. Why, if it’s a trial, do Drivers need to sign new contracts??? If it’s a trial, surely they can stay on their existing contract and go back to 7+1 if they don’t like the new scheme with no problems?!?!

The reality is becoming clearer. It’s obvious that Deliveroo just want to push people onto the piece rate regardless – new drivers in affected zones are already working on the new piece rate. They have no sense of duty-of-care towards their drivers. They are hellbent on casualising the workforce. They clearly don’t want anyone to work for them full-time anymore – because it implies that drivers are working under a “contract of employment”. They want to get rid of the shift-based system for the same reason. If their drivers were categorised as employees, working under a contract of employment, they’d have to be paid sick pay, holidays and pensions at the very least – but Deliveroo don’t want to pay those – despite the current model requiring freelance drivers to *request time off* which is unpaid.

Drivers are also unhappy because the new pay scheme will give preference to part-timers. Drivers who only work the dinner shift for example, will potentially earn more on average, but the full-timers will be much worse off on average – average calculations suggest £100/week – purely due to the lack of hourly rates during non-peak hours.

Deliveroo think it’s a problem of misunderstanding. It’s not. Don’t insult your workforce. People have done the calculations and they know it’ll mean a pay cut for the ones who’ve spent years every week building up the company.

Drivers DESERVE JOB SECURITY AND PAY SECURITY.

Drivers DEMAND A RETURN TO THE HOURLY RATE.

DRIVERS DESERVE THE LONDON LIVING WAGE AS A MINIMUM.

 

Contact – 07957 934 250

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