New Straits Times
FOODPANDA RIDERS STRIKE
They are unhappy about company’s new payment scheme
MORE than 200 freelance riders with Foodpanda protested at two locations yesterday against the new payment scheme announced by the online food delivery company recently.
About 100 riders in the Klang Valley gathered at the company’s headquarters at Southgate Cheras from 11am to 2pm to vent their frustration at the payment scheme.
Apart from holding placards, the riders also put down their smartphones and refused to pick up orders, to display their unhappiness about the payment scheme.
Similar to their counterpart in the Klang Valley, another 100 riders in Sabah gathered at Padang Bandaran in Kota Kinabalu from 8am and dispersed from the venue about six hours later.
In Negri Sembilan, a Foodpanda rider, Mohamad Shameer Mohd Haniffah, 30, said similar protests would be held in the state if the company ignored their calls to restore the previous system.
Shameer said Foodpanda riders in the state planned to stage the protest in Seremban.
They, however, are still discussing a suitable date and time.
It is understood that under the new scheme, the riders would be paid between RM7 and RM4.50 for batches of one to six.
The riders claimed that they would not be paid for the actual working hours.
The company on Saturday had announced that it had put in place a new payment scheme for riders outside Klang Valley, which came into effect yesterday.
Its managing director, Sayantan Das, in a statement to Bernama, said the new scheme would provide riders with the flexibility to choose when and where they wish to work.