Uber Eats, Deliveroo and Just Eat riders strike on Valentine's Day
13 February 2024, 14:00 | Updated: 14 February 2024, 11:27
Deliveroo and Uber Eats drivers are set to strike on Wednesday the 14th of February.
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Deliveroo and Uber Eats riders are set to strike on Valentine's Day in a dispute over pay and working conditions.
As many as 3,000 drivers and riders from across the country are said to be taking part in the walkout, after a grassroots campaign started by couriers encouraged the strike.
As well as Uber Eats and Deliveroo, it is believed that Just Eat and Stuart.com will also be affected. The strike is set to last from 17:00 until 22:00 on Wednesday 14th of February, in a blow to restaurants during one of their busiest periods.
The group Delivery Job UK said on its Instagram page: "Sacrificing a few hours for our rights is essential, instead of continuing to work incessantly for insufficient wages.
The statement continued: "Our request is simple: we want fair compensation for the work we do. We are tired of being exploited and risking our lives every day... It's time for our voices to be heard."
Drivers are hoping to increase the minimum price of a delivery to £5, with a spokesperson from Delivery Job UK told the BBC: "They [Deliveroo] have lowered their fees. There's no incentive anymore. On a Friday night you could make £100 over 4-5 hours, now that's gone."
In a statement, Deliveroo said: "Deliveroo aims to provide riders with the flexible work riders tell us they value, attractive earning opportunities and protections. Rider retention rates are high and the overwhelming majority of riders tell us that they are satisfied working with us. We value dialogue with riders, which is why we have a voluntary partnership agreement with a trade union, which includes annual discussions on pay.
"We are pleased to also be able to offer riders free insurance, sickness cover, financial support when riders become new parents and a range of training opportunities."
Uber Eats told the BBC: "We know that the vast majority of couriers are satisfied with their experience on the app, and we regularly engage with couriers to look at how we can improve their experience."
Just Eat said it provided "a highly competitive base rate to self-employed couriers and also offer regular incentives to help them maximise their earnings".
"We continue to review our pay structure regularly and welcome any feedback from couriers.
Stuart.com said it also was "committed to providing competitive earnings opportunities for courier partners".