Italy - Foodora couriers strike - November 30, 2016

Couriers for the Foodora food delivery app have taken strike action, raising questions about the 'sharing economy' and how workers in that sector can organise. Riders are demanding better working conditions. In May 2016, they wrote a letter signed by 85 out of 100 workers with their demands. Finally, in July 2016, a meeting took place with the employers´ representatives. Management said the contract could not be modified. However, in September Foodora issued a new contract, applying to all new riders, and from the end of November 2016, to all riders. This contract eliminates the fixed income and replaces it with a variable one: €2.70 per delivery. Since the beginning of October 2016, Foodora workers have been organising several actions (strikes, blockages of the service, and distribution of leaflets in restaurants affiliated to Foodora). The main demands are: abolition of the ‘temporary collaboration’ contract, as well as the per-delivery pay, and introduction of a flexible part-time contract. This kind of contract guarantees sick leave, insurance and vacation; a basic salary with a variable bonus per delivery; and the end of threats and disciplinary sanctions against the protesting workers.

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