Unwilful Ignorance: Attitudes to Trade Unions among Deliveroo Riders in Belgium

5 Pages Posted: 6 Sep 2019

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Kurt Vandaele

European Trade Union Institute (ETUI)

Agnieszka Piasna

European Trade Union Institute (ETUI)

Jan Drahokoupil

University of Mannheim - Mannheim Centre for European Social Research (MZES); European Trade Union Institute (ETUI)

Date Written: September 6, 2019

Abstract

This policy brief shows that only a small minority of Deliveroo riders in Belgium, who are predominantly male, young and students, hold negative views about trade unions. Lack of exposure to and knowledge about unions was instead cited as the biggest reason why many of the riders are not members, with many of them undecided or ambivalent about the idea. The paper also examines the low unionisation rate among riders that seems to be partly due to a lack of organising initiatives and strategies on the part of trade unions. Organising the riders, fostering solidarity between student, migrant and self-employed riders, and building a collective identity requires tailored organising strategies which take into consideration the riders' individual situations as well as the labour market context. Trade unions could offer stability, experience and knowledge in the fast-changing platform-based food delivery industry.

Keywords: trade unionization; work organization; self-employment; food delivery; platform economy; belgium

Suggested Citation

Vandaele, Kurt and Piasna, Agnieszka and Drahokoupil, Jan, Unwilful Ignorance: Attitudes to Trade Unions among Deliveroo Riders in Belgium (September 6, 2019). ETUI Research Paper - Policy Brief 6/2019 . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3448997 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3448997

Kurt Vandaele

European Trade Union Institute (ETUI) ( email )

B-1210 Brussels
Belgium

Agnieszka Piasna (Contact Author)

European Trade Union Institute (ETUI) ( email )

B-1210 Brussels
Belgium

Jan Drahokoupil

University of Mannheim - Mannheim Centre for European Social Research (MZES) ( email )

D-68131 Mannheim
Germany

HOME PAGE: http://drahokoupil.blogspot.com

European Trade Union Institute (ETUI) ( email )

B-1210 Brussels
Belgium

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