App Drivers & Couriers Union stage 24 hour strike & protest at Bolt, the UK's number 2 rideshare operator

BRANCH
London
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Bolt, Industrial Action
June 27, 2021

UK Bolt app rideshare drivers went on strike over Bolt's failure to respect their worker rights in the wake of the recent Supreme Court ruling in favour of Uber drivers. Bolt drivers believe the working conditions are identical to Uber and so they are entitled to the same worker rights protections including the right to the minimum wage and holiday pay.

App Drivers & Couriers Union stage 24 hour strike & protest at Bolt, the UK's number 2 rideshare operator

·      UK drivers stage 24 hour strike against Bolt App 

·      Passengers asked to boycott Bolt app all day Tuesday June 22nd

·      Drivers demand Bolt also respect recent Supreme Court ruling providing worker rights for Uber drivers

·      Drivers also want fares to increased to at least £2 per mile and that Bolt end unfair dismissals 

We regret to report that Bolt has refused to meet our demands and refused trade union dialogue.

Therefore the 24 hours strike & protest action at 11am will go ahead on Tuesday.

We will not accept Bolt's refusal to abide by the Supreme Court ruling & respect basic worker rights.

Join us Tuesday at Bolt Hub in Chiswick for the 1st major gig economy strike since the pandemic.

BOLT MUST :

1- Respect Supreme Court ruling on Worker Rights

2- Increase fares to £2 per mile

3- End unfair deactivations

                     

Passengers and drivers: DO NOT book or accept trips on Bolt on Tuesday 22nd June

UK Bolt app rideshare drivers are today going out on strike over Bolt's failure to respect their worker rights in the wake of the recent Supreme Court ruling in favour of Uber drivers. Bolt drivers believe the working conditions are identical to Uber and so they are entitled to the same worker rights protections including the right to the minimum wage and holiday pay. In addition, the drivers complain about widespread summary dismissals without right of appeal as Bolt desperately fights to hold on to itsTransport for London license to operate in the capital. 

 

Abdurzak Hadi,Chair of ADCU London said: 

 "Bolt can no longer just bury its head in the sand and pretend that their drivers and our members are not entitled to the same rights as Uber drivers. This strike and protest is Bolt's last chance to do the right thing, obey the law and respect their drivers. If they do not meet our demands then we will not hesitate to immediately launch legal action. For today, we ask all drivers and passengers to observe the digital picket line by not opening the app during the twenty four hour period." 

 

BACKGROUND

1. The App Drivers& Couriers Union (ADCU) is a truly democratic, worker led union which has grown to become the largest trade union for gig workers in the UK today. 

 2. Estonia based Bolt is the UK's second largest rideshare operator after Uber.

 3. The ADCU was victorious over Uber at the Supreme Court earlier this year where a ruling confirmed that Uber drivers were entitled to basic employment protections including the minimum wage and holiday pay.