It’s a matter of time: can Deliveroo deliver collective bargaining for the gig economy?

16 August 2016 - "Last week ‘gig’ workers took to the streets in a show of public discontent. London’s Deliveroo couriers (moped or cycle riding workers who pick up food from restaurants and deliver it to customers) have begun a series of headline grabbing strike and protest actions. The first strike began at 17:00 on Wednesday 10th August with around 100 workers converging outside the company’s central London headquarters in protest of proposed changes to the payment system. The five o’clock demonstration has now become a daily event with workers also forming a moped cavalcade, which slowly winds its way through the surrounding streets with horns blaring. On Friday, a strike fund was launched and by Sunday £7000 (about €7,900) had been raised. The next day, the conflict intensified."

Wood, A. (2016), 'It’s a matter of time: can Deliveroo deliver collective bargaining for the gig economy?', Blog article, Oxford Internet Institute, Oxford.


  • Deliveroo
  • transport
  • On-location platform-determined routine work
  • United Kingdom
  • 2016
  • Article
  • industrial action
  • English
  • Oxford Internet Institute, Oxford (Research institute)
  • Open access
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