Uber drivers will be joined by hundreds of precarious workers as they march through London on 30 October, the day the Independent Workers Union of Great Britain faces Uber at the Court of Appeal. This is expected to be the biggest precarious workers march ever in the UK.
Couriers, Deliveroo riders, outsourced cleaners, restaurant workers and others will be marching as they demand an end to precarious work. Event page can be found here, with details of a parallel rally to be held in Glasgow here. The protesters will assemble at Transport for London at 8am and march to the Royal Courts of Justice, where IWGB members and co-claimants in the Uber employment rights case James Farrar and Yaseen Aslam will be attending the proceedings at the Court of Appeal. The protest will then go to the University of London, where outsourced workers, including cleaners, receptionists and security officers, will be on strike to end outsourcing and to be made direct employees of the university. Finally the protest will pass by NHS contractor The Doctors Laboratory, where medical couriers are demanding a fair pay deal after two rounds of pay cuts. Representatives from other IWGB branches will also be present at the march, including the foster care workers branch, the electrical workers branch, the cleaners and facilites branch and the security officers and receptionists branch. The march has gathered wide-ranging support and is being backed by Momentum, CWU, BFAWU, United Voices of the World trade union, Unite Hotel Workers branch, Hackney Picturehouse Living Wage Campaign, Lesbians and Gays Support the Migrants and others. Uber case co-claimant and IWGB United Private Hire Drivers branch chair James Farrar said: “At a time when Uber is looking to spread its exploitative model throughout the economy with its staffing business UberWorks, it has never been more important for us to defeat them in court. What is clear from the different kinds of workers that are supporting us in this demonstration is that unity among precarious workers has never been stronger and together we will defeat the dishonest bosses that are trying to do away with our most basic employment rights.”