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Couriers strike for hourly minimum wage outside Uber Eats' HQ

UBER Eats couriers gathered outside the firm’s headquarters in London today to strike against decreases in fees.

The company lowered delivery fees to £2.50 per drop and workers are demanding it to be raised to £5 to ensure the hourly minimum wage can be met.

Couriers are also warning that lower fees will encourage dangerous driving.

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(Pic: Ceren Sagir)

Dozens of couriers cycled, rode and marched outside the entrance to the Uber Eats building honking their horns.

Uber Eats courier Shah Choudhury called on the workers to unite.

He said: “They need to understand that, if Uber’s there, it’s because of us. Without riders there is no Uber.

“We’ve heard they’re trying to buy Deliveroo through a deal of £2 billion. Where are they generating this money from? Us.

“They don’t care about us. If you are attacked or your bike gets stolen, they don’t care.

“We have families to provide for. If we are injured, who’s going to provide for them?

“We pay courier insurance, but it doesn’t cover theft. If your bike is stolen, they don’t care. We will suffer. And for £2.50 it ain’t bloody worth it.”

Courier workers have been exposed to not just dangerous driving but also hits by bike thieves, including acid attacks.

Azeez, who did not wish to reveal his full name, said the company had called workers in for one-on-one meetings during the strike action last week, taking down their details and blocking them from working.

“People are fed up,” he told the Star.

“We have to work about three hours just to make one hour’s minimum wage. On my bike, I have to work about 12 hours daily to make what I need.

“Working conditions are dangerous and we are taking risks everyday.”

Campaigners have said they will continue to take action until fair wages are agreed.

GMB regional officer Steve Garelick said: “Uber cannot push these people around.

“And customers must realise that this is what they’re buying into. Every delivery they receive, they are being served by slave labour.”

He added that legal action should be considered in some cases.

Action by drivers across Britain has been taking place in opposition to the fee decrease, such as in Glasgow, Cardiff, Plymouth and parts of London.

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