The Green Party Trade Union Group (GPTU) cautiously welcomes the deal that Deliveroo Couriers have recently reached with the company. They are now not being forced to accept the new conditions of their employment which would have been £3.75 for each delivery. Depending on how many deliveries they made in a hour, this could have effectively meant that certain employees were not going to be paid at least the legal minimum wage. The result shows that collective action taken by workers is extremely important and one of the reasons every worker in Britain should be part of a Trade Union or at least be willing to collectively take action in the face of injustice.
However there is a long way to go. The current wages of £7 an hour plus £1 for every delivery isn’t good enough. Every worker deserves a wage they can live on. That means that every Deliveroo workers should be paid at least what the Living Wage is. This would be £8.25 an hour or £9.40 an hour if they work in London. Deliveroo should also offer their workers benefits such as a decent pension, regular breaks, holiday pay, sick pay and maternity/paternity pay.
The fight for fairer conditions isn’t over and the Green Party are ready to stand shoulder to shoulder with the Deliveroo workers should they take further action. As one Deliveroo employee said “They are not changing their strategy,” They are signing up new drivers on the new contracts at £3.75 per delivery all the time. It is just a game.”