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Corbyn: ‘Delivery riders are human beings doing a job’

Labour leader speaks out on rights for gig economy workers after 'road rage' killing in Finsbury Park

17 January, 2020 — By Sam Ferguson

Chief Supt Raj Kolhi, Jeremy Corbyn, Asima Shaikh, Toukif Kacimi, Insp Thomas Ashley and Lord John Hendy met delivery riders at the Muslim Welfare House

THE death of a delivery driver in Finsbury Park could spark greater regulation for London delivery companies, changes to police procedures and add to pressure on new fast-food restaurants in Islington.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, Chief Superintendent Raj Kohli, Labour peer Lord John Hendy and Finsbury Park councillor Asima Shaikh met around 40 delivery drivers at the Muslim Welfare House, near Finsbury Park Station, a week after the death of Taki Eddine Boudhane.

Mr Boudhane was killed in an apparent road rage incident on the junction of Lennox Road and Charteris Road.

Mr Corbyn brought a letter to the meeting, which he said asked the London Assembly for powers to regulate all delivery companies in the capital. He also called for the drivers to join unions and fight for greater rights.

Takieddine Boudhane

Taki Eddine Boudhane

“There’s zero tolerance of abuse of riders and delivery riders,” said Mr Corbyn. “It’s about the person delivering your food or items. People need to realise the pressure that they are under. Delivery drivers are human beings doing a job. Only with a collective voice can we keep the pressure on the gig economy in Britain.”

Chief Supt Kholi told the meeting he would push for “robust enforcement” when delivery drivers are the victims of crime, adding: “I will speak to people who accept the 999 calls and ask them to look at delivery drivers’ calls as emergency calls.”

Supt Kolhi also suggested it could be possible for helmet cameras for delivery drivers to be “funded locally”.

Cllr Shaikh said the council wanted to meet with local restaurants and fast-food chains McDonald’s and KFC

“There’s a good conversation to be had about treatment of delivery drivers in our locality,” she added. “We want to encourage good, responsible business. If new restaurants are opening that need delivery drivers, then knowing how they are going to accommodate their drivers should be a part of the planning process.”

KFC and McDonald’s were invited to comment.

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