Deliveroo drivers staged a protest in London last week because of a dispute over a new pay policy, which would see them earn less than the minimum wage for those aged over 25. The new scheme would pay drivers £3.75 per delivery, rather than the original policy of £7 per hour plus £1 commission per delivery.
The company has now backtracked and is giving its staff the option to opt out of the new pay scheme, but it has also promised that those in the new scheme will earn at least £7.50 per hour at peak times.
William Shu, Deliveroo’s co-founder and chief executive, has since apologised. Speaking on BBC’s 'Today' programme, he said: 'I am very sorry that things have gotten to this point. Our riders are the life blood of our company, without them we have nothing'.