If you thought the impact of COVID on life and the economy was waning, think again. While we’re getting back to home deliveries from restaurants, there’s a section of society that has been struggling hard. Swiggy delivery executives in Chennai have been on a strike since Thursday night against the alleged change in wages and policies at the company. According to the protesting staff, Swiggy has slashed the wages from Rs 35 per order to only Rs 15 now. They further allege that they are not even being able to break even following the wage cuts.
— Prasanna Mohan (@itsmepras24) August 15, 2020
Delivery executive requests order cancellation in view of Swiggy strike
According to an Instagram user, a delivery executive requested her to cancel her order as the staff was protesting.
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Swiggy users are clearly upset over the treatment of delivery executives. If there’s anything we know today, it’s that these executives are our source of happiness when they knock on our doors with food deliveries.
Swiggy chennai delivery executives strike pic.twitter.com/d7uCwEgI59
— silambarasan (@msimbu777) August 14, 2020
. @SwiggyCares @swiggy_in can you please address the #SwiggyStrike in Chennai? Absolutely appalling that during the pandemic when your delivery partners are legit heroes that you can’t pay them. Your brand seems to be consistently failing at every step. So completely sad.
— ishira kumar (@ishirakumar) August 16, 2020
600-700 trips to make Rs 10,000 a month?
Apparently Swiggy only pays ₹15/- per trip to its delivery people. Which means even to earn ₹10,000/- a delivery person has to make at least 600-700 trips. If each trip takes about half an hour so they are earning barely ₹30/- per hour 😱
— Moon (@moonsez) August 16, 2020
— MeeraGC (@meeragc) August 17, 2020
If this is true, PAY YOUR EMPLOYESS ! If there is a business least affected by #COVID19 it’s yours , so there seems no reason for not paying them. Also reducing the incentive is total injustice !#Swiggy #swiggystrike
— Aneesha (@aneesha_pillai) August 15, 2020
Delivery executives are the ‘frontline workers’ today
#Delivery staff are #frontlineworkers through this pandemic! @swiggy_in BE BETTER. We can’t afford to lose essential workers at this hour due to your incompetency. PAY YOUR STAFF BETTER! #swiggystrike #chennai
— Maanasa (@Maaanasaaa) August 15, 2020
I understand that the whole #SwiggyStrike seemed important many hours ago and now everyone has forgotten about it, but can we atleast try? @swiggy_in please pay your employees what they deserve! They’re putting their lives on the line out there!!!
— Jahnavi (@TheExoticVibe) August 16, 2020
Most people are staying home to stay safe and depending upon these delivery executives for meals. When the staff isn’t paid well enough, can we really expect them to be out on the job?
Hi, @swiggy_in @SwiggyCares.
Swiggy is my most favorite app amongst food delivery apps. Kindly take action, help your employees, don’t harass them or I am never gonna use your app ever. #SwiggyStrike #Swiggy pic.twitter.com/QfhxtDC4OF
— Ramandeep kaur (@raman_rk95) August 16, 2020
— Sanchali Jain (@sanchalijain) August 15, 2020
And if you’re looking to make a contribution and help, here’s a suggestion:
Always tip your Swiggy, Zomato, Dunzo guys liberally. Always.
— Thejaswi Udupa (@udupendra) August 17, 2020
We tried contacting the company for a comment on the Swiggy strike but were unable to get a response. Tell us what you think about the strike by tweeting to us at @allabouteve_in.