Rider advocate group Kapatiran sa Dalawang Gulong (Kagulong) has called on the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) to investigate the alleged harassment and intimidation by Foodpanda towards its riders in Davao City.
“We are one with the members of Davao United Delivery Riders Association, Inc. whose members are Foodpanda Riders from Davao City in their struggle for just pay and condemning the suspension of more than 40 riders for 10 years because they are exercising their right to express their grievances,” Kagulong said in a social media post.
At least 30 Foodpanda riders were suspended from work for 10 years after they stayed offline for two days as a form of protest against the pay cut that was reportedly imposed by the company. This incident led to a big protest ride organized by DUDRA, which resulted in further 10-year suspensions for other Foodpanda riders.
“According to the (Foodpanda) management, they can only be reinstated if they cooperate to identify other riders who led and participated in the said protest. This is harassment and intimidation!” Kagulong emphasized.
“What happened with our brothers and sisters in Davao City clearly manifested the need to investigate the gig workers’ current employed status to ensure just pay, benefits, and job security,” the group added.
The rider group also reminded DOLE to fulfill its earlier commitment to convene a technical working group composed of rider organizations, labor unions, and other concerned government agencies to draft policy standards for motorcycle taxi and delivery riders.
Kagulong also said tbat delivery riders deserve better treatment after serving as frontliners at the height of the pandemic. “They deserved to be treated as heroes and not as slaves of the apps.”
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