Food delivery drivers in the United Kingdom from companies such as Deliveroo or Uber Eats have announced that they will go on strike tomorrow, Wednesday, Valentine’s Day, to demand job improvements. This decision involves up to 3,000 drivers or ‘riders’ between 17:00 GMT and 22:00 GMT tomorrow, causing a great impact on the four applications (the two mentioned together with Just Eat and Stuart.com) on a day as important as lovers.
The strike has been organized by a group of delivery drivers with the aim of attracting attention to denounce what they consider to be insufficient working conditions and salaries in cities in this country. On an Instagram account under the name Delivery Job UK, the group notes that “sacrificing a few hours for our rights is essential, rather than working incessantly for insufficient wages.”
“Our request is simple: we want fair compensation for the work we do. We are tired of being exploited and risking our lives every day. It is time for our voices to be heard,” they say.
Extreme conditions for ridiculous salaries
According to Delivery Job UK, its ‘riders’ “face the cold, the rain and absurd distances” for “ridiculous” salaries that range between 2.80 and 3.15 pounds (between 3.28 and 3.69 euros). ). A spokesperson for that group told the BBC that Deliveroo riders want a pay increase of up to a minimum of £5 (5.8 euros).
“They have lowered their rates and there are no longer any incentives. On a Friday night you could earn 100 pounds (117 euros) in 4 or 5 hours, and now nothing,” lamented the spokesperson, who also highlighted that these employees are exposed to “a lot of violence in the street.”