Swiggy deliverers go ‘undercover’
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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