ADCU stages rally to highlight Deliveroo worker rights and occupational safety failures in aftermath of the collapse of Deliveroo rider in East London
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With 5 million views, the tweet stream documenting the collapse at work of a Deliveroo rider in East London last week has struck a nerve with the British public.
At around 10:30pm on February 23rd, Mohamed collapsed outside the exclusive Meranti House on Alie Street where he was attempting to make a delivery for Deliveroo. He was denied access to the lobby of the building but was instead left outside in the cold where he had to wait for an hour for an ambulance. In the meantime, Deliveroo’s customers came out of the building to retrieve their food from the unconscious driver and then went back into the building to eat their food while Mohammed waited in the cold for an ambulance.
The incident highlighted the, once again some, of the most pressing problems in Britain today:
Mohammed remains seriously ill in hospital and his family have asked for privacy as they focus on his recovery.
At 2pm on Friday March 3rd , the App Drivers & Couriers Union (ADCU) will convene a public rally in support of Mohammed and all gig workers in Tower Hamlets. Speakers will include:
James Farrar ADCU General Secretary said:
The story of Deliveroo’s disastrous handling of the collapse of one of their workers last week illustrates the tragic consequences of a morally bankrupt gig economy business model and a negligent government. Companies like Deliveroo hide behind a veneer of technology to avoid their statutory and moral duty to their workforce and the communities they live in. The alienating effect of technology blinds customers to the true cost of a service made possible by tax evasion, low pay, insecure work and racial discrimination. The upshot is a society nobody wants where you can have a pizza delivered in 15 minutes but in an emergency, you must wait an hour for an ambulance because of chronic NHS underfunding. Today, Tower Hamlets is fighting back to demand accountability from the government and from gig economy platforms who extract massive profits from the local community but seek to put nothing back.