Transnational Couriers’ Assembly #riders4rights

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With the support of the Alter Summit network, the first European courier assembly was held on 25 and 26 October in Brussels. Bringing together more than 60 couriers from 12 European countries (Belgium, France, Germany, United Kingdom, Ireland, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Austria, Netherlands, Norway, Finland) accompanied bytrad e unionists and researchers, this assembly made possible the development of a common strategy to fight platform abuses.

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The participants discussed many topics in a very constructive manner. A very consequent and concrete result is the birth of the Transnational Federation of Couriers meaning an internationalization of the struggle against food delivery platforms (Deliveroo, UberEats, Glovo, Stuart,…).

Key discussions :

1. Ways to organize: reaching workers, spaces for meetings and assemblies, methods of action: rallies, disconnections, strikes, occupations, pickets, repression and links between cities. In this regard, all participants were aware of the difficulties to organize the workers in the sector due to high turnover, atomisation and the presence of migrant worker.

2. The question of (false) freelance or employed workers was also at the centre of the concerns. The situation varies from a country to another but riders agreed on several demand as respect and fair working conditions for all (see declaration below)!

3. The specificity of having an algorithm changing constantly the working conditions is a question to be tackle. The question of the data recollection by platforms (clients as well as workers information) is another important concern.

This event showed the capacity of our Network to be a concrete tool for social struggles. Connecting actors, we are able to improve in a concrete way, the internationalization of struggles. Alter Summit has showed its capacity to be a forum where European issues are debated as well as a space of organization for the transnationalization of struggles.

Press Review (FR/EN/IT)
Voices of Riders in Notes from below (EN)
Report from a participant (IWW)
Analysis by Gresea (in French)


We, Couriers from 12 European countries : Austria, Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom.

Fake free lancers or employees, but all under-employed, under-payed, under-protected by Foodora, Deliveroo, Ubereats, Stuart, Glovo, etc...
have met in Brussels for a first transnational Assembly the 25th and 26th October 2018.

We have decided to unite our numerous struggles in one international couriers struggle.

We demand:

-  Freedom of association
-  Hourly minimum guaranteed wage
-  A fair definition of working time
-  Data and App Transparency
-  Job Security
-  Insurance
-  Workers choose employee/free-lance
-  Recognition of plateforms as employers
-  Participation for all riders
-  Regular negotiations mediated by city and municipal councils
-  Protection and legalisation of all plateform non EU migrant workers (who may not have resident permits)
-  Act to express solidarity with other precarious and gig economy workers
-  Respect
-  Common space for riders
-  Abolish internal ranking

To get it, we will organize many transnational actions for the end of 2018 and 2019.