gig economy

The Self-Organised Struggle of Liverpool Couriers Highlights the Difficulties of Organising in the 'Gig Economy'

Deliveroo was founded in 2013 by Will Shu, an investment banker, and Greg Orlowski, a software developer. It was a simple idea whereby customers place food orders through an app or on the website, and couriers, with the app on their mobile phones, deliver the food from the restaurant to the customer. However, like any technology (no matter how life changing) utilised under capitalism, in practice Deliveroo means exploitation for the workers on whose labour the success of the company depends.

Sorry We Missed You: Wage Slavery in the Spotlight

North or South, anyone who’s ever worked as a courier or care/support worker, or grew up in a working class nuclear family household, will have serious déjà vu watching the new Ken Loach film.

Precarity and the 'Gig Economy'

The translation of the Theses on Precarity and the ‘Gig Economy’ that follows, appeared in Mutiny/Mutinerie, the bilingual agitation sheet of our comrades in Klasbatalo, the Canadian affiliate of the Internationalist Communist Tendency. Here we just want to make a few observations to add to Klasbatalo’s correct summary of the situation of the workforce in this sector, as a contribution to further analysis and discussion.

Deliveroo riders strike back against cuts to shifts in London, Leeds and Nottingham

Deliveroo riders took action across London, Leeds and Nottingham over the weekend of the 12th-13th July in response to punitive new policies from management that would cut hours for motorbike couriers in London and cyclists elsewhere.

Gojek: Delivery workers struggle in Indonesia

A friend of ours sent us this detailed report. A PDF-file with pictures and graphs is attached...

Working Class Decomposition and Gig Economy Work

Driver strike Uber HQ, San Francisco 8 May 2019

On 8 May 2019 around 300 protesters, mostly Uber and Lyft drivers, blocked Market Street in San Francisco in front of Uber's international headquarters as part of a global strike by drivers timed to coincide with Uber's IPO. This brief analysis attempts to situate these struggles against working class decomposition, with its roots in neoliberal deregulation, and the rise of so-called "gig economy" work.

Uber and Lyft drivers deserve a better strike

An article from the Organizing Work blog, critically analyzing the recent Uber/Lyft strikes. This article focuses on the US experience, and doesn't discuss the extent of participation in the UK.

IWW Deliveroo riders strike and blockade in London

IWW Deliveroo picket, Swiss Cottage, London.

Deliveroo riders organising with the London IWW have been taking spontaneous action for improved wages and working conditions, shutting down one of Deliveroo's 'dark kitchens' in Swiss Cottage, North-West London.

Striking the Gig: Why Uber and Lyft Drivers Are Calling For a National Strike on May 8th

On May 8th, workers are organizing a national single day strike against rideshare firms like Uber and Lyft. They’re calling on app users to join them by refusing to request rides for the duration of the 24 hour action.
Salvo investigates what set the stage for this clash, how gig workers in precarious states of employment are organizing, and how we all may soon be in a similar position to them.

The Freelance Journalists Union Goes Public

The Industrial Workers of the World has just launched a new organisation for workers in the Journalism sector.