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15 Dec 2021

Evie Breese, The Big Issue

UK: Just Eat delivery drivers stage 'longest ever gig economy strike' in UK gig economy history over cuts in delivery fee payments

"Food delivery drivers are taking part in the UK’s ‘longest ever gig economy strike’", 15 December 2021

Food delivery couriers, including those who deliver for JustEat, are in their second week of strike action in Sheffield – now said to be the longest gig economy walkout in UK history.

Drivers employed by courier company Stuart – which is sub-contracted by JustEat – are taking action over a reported cut to delivery fee payments. The Independent Workers Union of Great Britain (IWGB) says Stuart cut the fee per delivery by 25 per cent on most orders.

Members of the union are now demanding an increase, plus mileage and paid waiting times after 10 minutes.

Six McDonald’s branches in Sheffield have been picketed by drivers as orders pile up inside. Some have had to stop taking orders altogether.

The strikes have spread to neighbouring Chesterfield as well as Sunderland, with strikes in Huddersfield due to start in the coming days. 

Gig economy researcher Callum Cant has labelled the action “remarkable,” and the longest strike “in the history of the UK gig economy.” 

“In 2018, we saw a national strike of food delivery workers – but this is the first time that this kind of collective action has continued for more than a week,” he told The Big Issue.


JustEat and Stuart have been contacted for comment.