Deliveroo riders strike following company's IPO

Research led by members of the Centre for Employment Relations, Innovation and Change (CERIC) featured in an article in Computer Weekly on 7 April.

The article discusses Deliveroo riders’ strike action following the company’s initial public offering (IPO).

To coincide with Deliveroo’s flotation, riders went on strike to call for the living wage, safety protections and rights including access to holiday and sick pay, an end to unpaid waiting times, and the right to refuse unsafe work without penalty, according to organisers the Independent Workers' Union of Great Britain (IWGB).

The strike action took place in York, Sheffield, Reading and Wolverhampton, and included a staged ‘ride-along’ through London to the firm’s HQ.

The research team including Dr Ioulia BessaDr Simon JoyceDenis NeumannDr Vera TrappmannDr Charles Umney and Professor Mark Stuart found that, from an analysis of 527 gig economy-related protest incidents between 1 January 2017 and 20 May 2020:

The company with most incidents was Deliveroo, which accounted for more than a quarter of all protest events (28.5%).

Read the full article ‘Deliveroo riders strike over pay and work conditions’ here.