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  • Transport Platform Workers

    Jamie Woodcock

    Chapter from the book: Woodcock, J. 2021. The Fight Against Platform Capitalism: An Inquiry into the Global Struggles of the Gig Economy.


    ‘Transport Platform Workers’ focuses on the struggles of transport workers on platforms. It discusses food delivery workers, starting with the strikes of Deliveroo riders in London in 2016. This draws on the longest-running project that has contributed to the book. The dynamics of these struggles are analysed through the framework of class composition, unpicking the changing technical, social, and political composition of this work. It then moves through examples of subsequent waves of strikes across Europe, as well as the formation of the Transnational Couriers Federation. This analysis is then developed through an increasingly global network of food delivery driver organisations (including both unions and networks), reflecting on the successes and limitations of different models of resistance and organisation that drivers are experimenting with. The chapter then moves on to discuss private hire drivers, highlighting the coordinated strikes and protests in the run-up to Uber’s IPO. These went beyond the coordination of days of action or alignment of strikes, leading to the formation of international networks.

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    Woodcock, J. 2021. Transport Platform Workers. In: Woodcock, J, The Fight Against Platform Capitalism. London: University of Westminster Press. DOI: https://doi.org/10.16997/book51.c

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    Published on March 2, 2021