The Deliveroo couriers collective will go on strike tomorrow (Saturday) in five Belgian cities (Brussels, Liège, Malines, Anvers and Ghent) as well as Amsterdam. This is because the Deliveroo management has refused to postpone its decision to treat all workers as self-employed from February 1st. The CNE (the National Employees’ Group) announced the strike on Friday.
The Christian trade union stated, “The couriers wish to retain the choice as to whether they remain employed, should they wish to. Self-employed status cannot be forced upon them. This is a contradiction. Deliveroo has not agreed to their and our request in this regard. It will only take on new couriers on the basis that they all agree to self-employed status.” The union asks, “What purpose does any discussion serve if the decision is already a fait accompli?
Against this backdrop, the couriers’ collective – which represents around 200 couriers – has decided to lead strike action. For the moment it will do so every Saturday. Coincidentally, in a similar vein, strike action happened last Monday amongst a group of restaurateurs.
Tomorrow, the strike action will take place simultaneously in Brussels, with a meeting fixed for 6 p.m. at the crossroads of Avenue Louise and the Rue du Bailli, but also in Liège (meeting at 6 p.m. in Place Cathédrale), in Malines, Antwerp and Ghent. The CNE states that the action has the support of the FGTB (the Belgian federal workers’ union). There is also an initiative planned for Amsterdam. The Christian trade union concludes, “The time has come to show a united front in this struggle. The multinational cannot simply impose precarious employment status upon its workers solely under the pretext of its operating via the Internet, and by taking an aloof attitude to the issue.”