The wave of worker resistance in European food platforms

Official strike statistics do not sufficiently describe worker resistance in food platforms. The workers have irregular employment status, and they tend to use informal strikes and protest tactics. This makes data collection based on formal trade unionism ineffective. We can assume that the bosses of food platforms are collecting private statistics of some kind, but these are not accessible to workers. As a result, working class knowledge of the scale of resistance has, so far, remained both local and partial. But a process of worker-to-worker communication can overcome this isolation. Lots of different local areas of knowledge can be collectively developed into a big picture. This research project aimed to facilitate that communication. The participants were all workers and supporters involved in a European food platform network covering seven countries: the UK, Netherlands, Germany, Spain, Belgium, France and Italy. The members of this network were asked to report their own strikes and protests. These reports had three elements: a description, an estimate of the number of workers involved, and links to media coverage or discussion by participants. The reports were then added to a collectively-edited timeline, which provided the information for an independent dataset on worker resistance.


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The wave of worker resistance in European food platforms
Cant, C. (2018), 'The wave of worker resistance in European food platforms,' No Politics Without Inquiry! 1.


  • Research publication
  • EU28
  • Yes
  • transport
  • On-location platform-determined routine work
  • Foodora, Deliveroo, UberEats
  • industrial action
  • English
  • No Politics Without Inquiry! (Publisher)
  • Quantitative research
  • 2018
  • Open access
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