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The day gig economy workers struck back

Ideas and Action

A powerful display by precarious workers

Photos: Thomas Katan
Words: Adam Cantwell-Corn

Hundreds of gig economy workers and supporters in Bristol took part in a historic nationwide strike yesterday (4th October).

The action is the first major sign of a growing fight back by precarious workers in an industry notorious for lack of trade union representation and poor conditions.

Dozens of riders for Deliveroo, UberEats and others gathered in Broadmead for a noisy and militant demonstration demanding better conditions and pay to roars of “No pay? No food!”.

Workers from McDonalds, Wetherspoons and TGI Fridays also walked out across the country with demands for better conditions.

This is not the first time Deliveroo riders have taken action in Bristol, though this was a major escalation.

Mainly self organised, and with the support of smaller, more radical unions such as the Industrial Workers of the World, the nationwide walk outs have gained the support of the Labour party leadership and the Trades Union Congress.

Demonstrations took place in Bristol, Cardiff, Glasgow, Newcastle, Plymouth and Southampton, Milton Keynes and London.

Further demonstrations are planned in Bristol and across the country.

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