Swiggy de­liv­er­ers go ‘un­der­cover’

DNA (Daily News & Analysis) Mumbai Edition - - FRONT PAGE - Aseem Gu­jar correspondent@dnain­dia.net

De­liv­ery per­sons work­ing with Swiggy have had to re­sort to de­liv­er­ing food in a sur­rep­ti­tious man­ner to avoid be­ing tar­geted by their dis­grun­tled col­leagues, amidst an un­of­fi­cial strike called in many parts of the city. De­liv­ery per­sons, who are not par­tic­i­pat­ing in the strike, have had to dis­con­tinue wear­ing the dis­tinc­tive black T-shirts which carry the logo of Swiggy, a food de­liv­ery ag­gre­ga­tor. They are hid­ing their Swiggy-branded de­liv­ery bags and are tak­ing longer routes to avoid flat tyres and ha­rass­ment from their col­leagues.

At least 500 de­liv­ery ‘part­ners’ have been on a strike since Oc­to­ber 1, de­spite not hav­ing any union, with the sup­port of Ma­ha­rash­tra Navnir­man Sena (MNS) against Swiggy, a food de­liv­ery ag­gre­ga­tor, to de­mand a hike of Rs 20 per de­liv­ery in their pay.

In the first week Oc­to­ber, the strike saw its high­est par­tic­i­pa­tion, with many de­liv­ery part­ners not log­ging in at all while oth­ers not ac­cept­ing or­ders from the app. Pri­mar­ily ar­eas such as Navi Mum­bai, Thane, Dom­bivli, Mu­lund, Bhandup, And­heri, San­tacruz, Khar and Sion saw high­est par­tic­i­pa­tion.

A de­liv­ery per­son, work­ing with Swiggy for two years, and work­ing un­der­cover on Fri­day, said on the con­di­tion of anonymity, “Most of those who are con­tin­u­ing with the strike had joined re­cently. There is a dis­par­ity in the pay given to them and those like me who have worked for for two years or more. They had not ob­jected with the pay when they signed up with Swiggy but now, es­pe­cially af­ter the sud­den rise in petrol prices, they feel it is un­just and sought help from the MNS be­cause there’s no union.”

This de­liv­ery per­son, had also joined the strike till Sun­day, as his col­leagues re­minded him to not take or­ders. He se­cretly re­sumed on Mon­day af­ter los­ing out on a week’s pay. “I had not logged out, so wasn’t sus­pended by Swiggy,” he added.

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Pic­ture for rep­re­sen­ta­tion

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