Deliveroo couriers in Ireland strike for better working conditions
They've asked people not to order on the app this evening.
Some Deliveroo workers in Dublin have said they are taking strike action this evening in protest over their pay and conditions.
The workers are seeking increased delivery fees for transporting meals from restaurants and are also seeking new measures to improve their safety while working.
Some riders said they have switched off the Deliveroo app on their mobile phones and are ignoring requests for their services for the remainder of the evening.
The riders also they’re looking to be taken seriously by gardaí when their bikes are stolen or when they are attacked or abused while working.
They've asked people not to order on the app tonight in solidarity with their strike.
In a statement issued to JOE, Deliveroo said rider's payments are now higher than they were before the pandemic and said rider safety is the number one priority for the company.
"The safety of riders is our absolute priority and we take every step to ensure they feel safe when on the road," a company spokesperson said.
The spokesperson added: "It’s incorrect to suggest that riders are being paid less with a “drastically reduced payment scheme.” In fact rider pay is now higher than it was before the pandemic.
"On average, riders earn above the national minimum wage and on average earn €13 per hour at mealtimes, including any additional tips they may receive, of which they keep 100%.
"Following feedback from riders, we have introduced distance-based fees - this fee structure pays riders more for medium and long distance deliveries. The majority of fees have increased."
Sinn Féin spokesperson on Enterprise, Trade and Employment Louise O’Reilly tweeted her support for the protest earlier today.
“More hours on the streets pedalling more and earning less – that is not right @Deliveroo_IE workers are looking for respect & decency.”
— Louise O’Reilly TD for Dublin Fingal (@loreillysf) January 22, 2021