IWGB members in Sheffield strike at Deliveroo, Uber and Stuart

IWGB workers in Sheffield yesterday took strike acton against app-based ‘gig economy’ corporations  including Deliveroo, Uber and Stuart.

The key workers face unfair, automated terminations, precarious conditions and declining pay, and are demanding a living wage, a freeze on recruitments which drive down wages, and due process for terminations.

The strike involved a socially-distanced moving picket with workers joining in their vehicles to tour the city before setting up pickets in four locations

Sheffield Branch chair Dilwar Uddin told union-news.co.uk: “We are here striking against the plummeting fees, unfair terminations and recruitment. We are out here keeping the country running being called heroes and given zeros. We are fighting not for today but for tomorrow.”

More than 60 MPs across parties have already signed an Early Day Motion backing the union’s ‘Clapped and Scrapped’ campaign against unfair terminations, which highlights how key workers applauded by the nation during the first COVID-19 lockdown are being exploited or terminated with no due process and without any evidence of wrongdoing on their part.
Workers are demanding a fair process for terminations which respects basic rights to trade union representation, to a hearing and to appeal.

IWGB member and Sheffield-based UberEats courier Mohamed Abdul said: “I worked through lockdown without taking a single day off. It was really frightening at times but the country was clapping for us and we knew we were needed, so off we went. Over two years of service for UberEats I’ve completed over 8,000 deliveries with a customer rating of 97-100 percent. In August I was terminated by an automated email: no due process, no hearing, no chance. It’s no way to treat frontline workers.”

IWGB member and Sheffield-based courier Abdirisak Hared said: “In July I was terminated first by Deliveroo and then by UberEats. I’ll probably never know the exact reasons and I wasn’t given any chance to appeal or explain. You don’t even get to speak to a human being, that shows how much these gig economy companies value frontline workers. They clap us with one hand and rob us with the other.”

IWGB Couriers & Logistics Branch chair Greg Howard said: “I speak to couriers every day who are being pushed to the brink. They’ve all had enough of the plummeting pay, poor Covid protections and the constant threat of unfair and unchallengeable termination. The Sheffield riders are blazing a trail for others to follow. It’s time for these key workers to demand the basic rights and respect they deserve. Enough is enough.”

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