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The Socialist 23 January 2019

Corbyn: stand firm for a general election

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Corbyn: stand firm for a general election


Nationalise big pharma: end this profit-driven NHS crisis

Duke's car crash: one law for them and another for us

Racist jobs discrimination same for 50 years - unions must fight for jobs for all

Wales is Europe's prisoner capital: capitalist cutters' crimes to blame

Them & Us


Cuban revolution at 60: defend the gains and fight for workers' democracy


Birmingham: hostile Labour council attacks striking workers

Mass strike wins historic step towards victory in Glasgow equal pay battle

John Lewis workers count the cost of the retail crisis

Unison union higher education conference: a missed opportunity to develop a fighting strategy

Bristol Deliveroo workers walk out

PCS union: re-elect Chris Baugh for assistant general secretary


Enfield North CLP backs no-cuts budget - now councillors must act

We need May Day greetings!

Leeds: don't let the far right divide us


Europe: school students strike against climate change

Poland: thousands mourn death of murdered mayor

International round-up


Theatre: Rouse, Ye Women to tell story of 1910 chainmakers' strike

Non-fiction: The Murder of Rosa Luxemburg "reveals the brutal lengths capitalists will go to protect their system"

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Bristol Deliveroo workers walk out

Deliveroo workers during an earlier strike in London, photo James Ivens

Deliveroo workers during an earlier strike in London, photo James Ivens   (Click to enlarge)

Domenico Hill, Bristol South Socialist Party

Bristol Deliveroo workers took strike action on the evening of Friday 18 January.

About 150 gathered in the city centre with their bikes and mopeds and began the strike by switching off their apps.

I spoke to one of them who told me he had worked for Deliveroo for three years and that Deliveroo currently pays 4 a drop, and only about 10p extra a mile.

As Deliveroo has expanded the area it covers, the distances have increased but the basic pay hasn't, so their pay has effectively been cut.

Staff are also angry that the time spent waiting outside restaurants isn't paid, even though they are expected to get there early to receive food while it's still hot, increasing the time further.

Deliveroo also frequently changes the rate per distance, but doesn't inform the drivers. They want more transparency from the company.

Their main demands are for 5 a drop, paid waiting times of 10 an hour, and 1 extra per mile. The strikers gave out leaflets in English on one side and Portuguese on the other, and a Brazilian driver spoke to the rally.

Labour's Marvin Rees, Bristol's mayor, also spoke in support of the strikers. He said he would contact Deliveroo to urge them to become a 'living wage employer', like the council. He forgot to mention the thousands made redundant by his administration.

Deliveroo workers are planning further strikes to push for their demands.


In this issue


What we think

Corbyn: stand firm for a general election


Socialist Party news and analysis

Nationalise big pharma: end this profit-driven NHS crisis

Duke's car crash: one law for them and another for us

Racist jobs discrimination same for 50 years - unions must fight for jobs for all

Wales is Europe's prisoner capital: capitalist cutters' crimes to blame

Them & Us


Socialist history

Cuban revolution at 60: defend the gains and fight for workers' democracy


Workplace news and analysis

Birmingham: hostile Labour council attacks striking workers

Mass strike wins historic step towards victory in Glasgow equal pay battle

John Lewis workers count the cost of the retail crisis

Unison union higher education conference: a missed opportunity to develop a fighting strategy

Bristol Deliveroo workers walk out

PCS union: re-elect Chris Baugh for assistant general secretary


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

Enfield North CLP backs no-cuts budget - now councillors must act

We need May Day greetings!

Leeds: don't let the far right divide us


International socialist news and analysis

Europe: school students strike against climate change

Poland: thousands mourn death of murdered mayor

International round-up


Opinion

Theatre: Rouse, Ye Women to tell story of 1910 chainmakers' strike

Non-fiction: The Murder of Rosa Luxemburg "reveals the brutal lengths capitalists will go to protect their system"

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