In the fight for unionisation within a precarious gig economy, Toronto Foodora couriers are demanding fairer compensation and protection. Amidst a large crowd, one man in the sea of protest signs brandishes a banner. His tattoo, clearly legible across his forearm, reads: “La lutte continue!” (“The struggle continues!”). It’s the slogan of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers, who took to the streets of Toronto on May 15th in a 650-person solidarity march for couriers working for the app-based delivery service Foodora.
The company’s couriers, recognizable by their friendly fuschia attire, have kick-started one in a wave of movements pushing to unionize workers classified as “independent contractors” under the gig economy.