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delegates of deliverunion of the FAU Berlin in Sweden

Published on Oct 03, 2018 Tag:
September 14-16, FAU Berlin visited three Swedish cities and talked about the Deliverunion campaign. Despair and frustration changed into hope of change.

“Wow, you can do that?”

In the spring of 2018 SAC invited us to talk about the #Deliverunion campaign. Between 14-16 September, we visited Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmö, where the local unions organized information meetings open to all but especially for riders. Union working groups had produced local info-material and distributed them to the riders on the street, with one leaflet inviting them to the meeting and the other, describing how SAC had now taken on the delivery companies and urging all riders to join their local unions.

A handful of riders attended each of the three meetings. The conversation revolved around their work environment, the (self-)organising they had already done and the difficulties and opportunities in reaching out to their colleagues. We from Berlin talked about how we started organizing ourselves, about the experiences we made, and about successes and hardships in our campaign of over 2 years. The similarity of our situations and the common frustration with our working conditions were striking.

The fact that we did something about this frustration in Berlin gave a lot of energy both to the riders in Sweden to start their own campaign, but also to us, to continue what we started. When we showed images from actions we did, the enthusiasm was great: “Wow, you can do that?”. The meetings also encouraged the local union organizers who showed a lot of interest in supporting the riders in their fight for better conditions at Uber eats, Foodora and Hungrig. They immediately took the first steps: contact information was exchanged, follow-up meetings were set up and hopefully, within the next few months, we will see articles and stories about riders getting together and struggling for change. As in Berlin, these struggles start locally, but live from connections with other struggles – in different workplaces, different cities and different countries. In Sweden, we specifically talked about connecting the organized riders in Stockholm, Göteborg, Malmö, Uppsala and Lund. Of course, we also mentioned the international riders conference in Brussels which we will visit in late October and encouraged representatives from Sweden to attend it.

In many ways we live in dark times. However, that pep we met when we talked about how we organized in Berlin, is one of the things that gives us hope. The same energy we received from IWW and IWGB when we started our campaign – hopefully, we now have passed it on to our comrades in Sweden. Because when we cross borders and join fighting unions we have an enormous potential to change our lives: in the city where we live, but also nationally and internationally. We are the resistance. Join us.

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