Help us to hold the first European General Assembly of Bike Delivery Drivers for good working conditions.
We, bike delivery drivers from the Delivroo, Uber Eats or Foodora platforms, are self-employed. Despite this status, we are totally subject to the digital platforms for which we work, we are not so independent as in contract with digital platforms. A disguised wage-earner to circumvent labour law: no minimum wage, no paid leave, no insurance…
On 25 and 26 October 2018, we, bike delivery drivers from all over Europe, decided to meet in Brussels to organise and fight for good working conditions for all. We would like to meet a hundred delivery drivers from several European countries.
Why a European meeting?
In recent years, struggles have taken place in Great Britain, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and Austria, among others. These multiple initiatives were previously isolated from each other and led us to organize this European assembly of platform bike delivery drivers to share our methods of control and define a common strategy for better working conditions: the creation of a European collective of delivery drivers, the perfection of our communication tools, the planning of transnational actions, common demand platforms…
We are launching this prize pool to ensure the arrival of bike delivery drivers and collectives of delivery drivers not supported by unions who wish to be present. A round trip from Madrid to Brussels costs 155 euros, 147 euros from London, 170 euros from Vienna, a price too high for workers struggling with their precarious situation. In order to ensure that we are as numerous as possible, we want to raise 5000 euros to bring in 30 delivery drivers.
Support us so that tomorrow all platform workers will be protected like all employees!
Uberisation, "gig economy" is what?
The "gig economy" is the business model of digital platforms, which individualizes the working relationship where orders are received via an algorithm on their phone and where pay to the task is the law. The "Gig economy" raises concerns about the future of job quality, commonly translated as "uberisation" of society. To the extent that they are self-employed, platform workers are deprived of the basis of fundamental rights that protect employees, such as trade union rights, protections against abusive breakdown of the working relationship, legislation on working time and working conditions, or protections against harassment and discrimination. However, they are often "economically dependent" on the platforms: they derive the majority or even all of their revenues from this activity and the platforms exert significant control over their work, via the rating system, but also and above all because they can decide to exclude a member, in other words to break the contract, by disconnecting it. The worker may thus be deprived of his job without the protections concerning dismissal, since he is not an employee. Finally, in terms of occupational health and safety, since much of the work is carried out outside the institutionalized framework of productive organisations, it is largely exempt from risk-limitation schemes (high risk of road accidents, lack of insurance, etc.).
Today, VTC drivers, bike delivery drivers, teachers, human services,… are occupations strongly affected by the transition from employee to platform worker, not covered by labour law. Tomorrow, more and more trades will now be "uberated" gradually leading to the disappearance of wages and the rights attached to them. Faced with this, we, bike delivery drivers of these platforms, decided to resist and organize ourselves to guarantee our fundamental rights and those of all platform workers. Support us!