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Callum Cant: Riding for Deliveroo

The Morning Star profiles ex-Deliveroo rider and union organiser Callum Cant about his book and the prospects for working-class resistance in the era of the gig economy

FOLLOWING the news of the first Deliveroo riders’ strikes in 2016, Callum Cant decided to conduct what Marx called a “workers’ inquiry” by signing up to be a cycle courier for the increasingly popular food platform that has come to epitomise a new form of employment. This enquiry became the book Riding for Deliveroo.

Cant spoke to the Star in East London about about the nature of the gig economy and whether faceless, app-based “platform capitalism” would lead to more working-class resistance, or simply mask the exploitation of workers even more. Described as “essential reading,” the book is out now on Polity Press.

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