Vijayawada

Consider our services under labour laws, demand food delivery boys

Say service provider slashed their commission by half

The delivery boys of the app-based food delivery service, Swiggy, have been protesting for three days against the slashing of their commission.

Previously, the drivers, who used to be paid ₹30 for every four km, are now getting a mere ₹15 for the same distance. With the rising fuel prices, the drivers find it difficult to make ends meet.

“We are not part time drivers with an engineering or Arts degree. We work full time for the service provider as we were promised good life. But now, instead of hiking our commission, the authorities have reduced it, making it difficult as we not only have to maintain our vehicle but also have to feed our family with this meagre income,” complained Chitti Babu, a full-time worker with Swiggy.

Demonstration

Under the aegis of the Centre for Trade Unions, (CITU) the workers staged a demonstration in the city to voice their plight.

“Despite the weather and many other impending factors, these delivery boys ensure that food is delivered to people on time. If you decrease their commission, it is not possible for them to continue their services keep in mind the rising cost of living standards,” said R.V. Narasimha Rao, State Secretary, CITU.

At the protest, all the workers demanded that the government consider their services under the ambit of labour laws regulated by the State. The workers said that ensuring their inclusion under the law could potentially improve their situation.

However, the officials at Swiggy have refused to comment on the issue.

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