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Deliveroo comes to Ilford with 150 east London restaurants signing up

PUBLISHED: 07:00 07 March 2018 | UPDATED: 07:48 07 March 2018

Stock deliveroo image. Photo: Mikael Buck/Deliveroo

Stock deliveroo image. Photo: Mikael Buck/Deliveroo

© Mikael Buck / Deliveroo

Food delivery app Deliveroo is coming to Ilford this week, bringing with it work for up to 50 residents.

The on-demand food service has announced that it is extending its coverage to 150 restaurants in Ilford, Chingford and Upton Park.

Among the 150 restaurants to sign up is dessert franchise Creams Cafe, which has branches in the Ilford Exchange, in Ilford High Road and in Gants Hill, Papa John’s and Tokyo Sushi.

Dan Warne, Managing Director of Deliveroo UK and Ireland, said: “Busy consumers will now be able to enjoy their favourite meals at home or in the office, delivered straight to the door in 30 minutes or less.”

The British app company was founded in 2013 by Americans Will Shu and Greg Orlowski and works with more than 35,000 restaurants and 30,000 riders.

Deliveroo came under scrutiny for the potentially precarious nature of working conditions of their riders, who are legally considered as self-employed.

After a tribunal in November last year, the Central Abritration Committee (CAC) ruled that riders are not workers.

The decision means that Deliveroo riders are not entitled to holiday pay, the national living wage or collective bargaining rights.

This is because a clause in the riders’ contract which allows couriers the right to find a substitute to do their deliveries.

The Independent Workers’ Union of Great Britain (IWGB) announced last month that they would be applying for judicial review, representing several dozen drivers for the food delivery app.

IWGB General Secretary Dr Jason Moyer-Lee, commenting at the time of the CAC decision, said: “It seems that after a series of defeats, finally a so-called gig economy company has found a way to game the system.”

“On the basis of a new contract introduced by Deliveroo’s army of lawyers just weeks before the tribunal hearing, the CAC decided that because a rider can have a mate do a delivery for them, Deliveroo’s low paid workers are not entitled to basic protections.”

The app can be downloaded from the app store on an iPhone or Android mobile device.

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