Foodpanda says ‘majority’ of riders back to work

Foodpanda riders gathered last week to plan a labor action after complaining the German delivery giant had slashed their fares. Photo: Aung Khant
Foodpanda riders gathered last week to plan a labor action after complaining the German delivery giant had slashed their fares. Photo: Aung Khant

Foodpanda riders have returned to work after the German delivery giant upped their rates, though a few holdouts say the company fell short of meeting their demands.

Days after a rider rally was shut down by the military, most of the riders who went on strike to protest reduced pay are back to work after the company agreed to increase their base rates, Foodpanda said yesterday evening.

“[The] majority of our riders all across Myanmar including Yangon have since returned to work over the past few days and resumed deliveries for our customers,” the company said through a publicist.

Foodpanda boycott called after riders accuse German delivery giant of cutting pay

Some riders did not agree to the deal and said they would remain on strike until they secured higher pay. 

Protesters said they would keep monitoring the company’s compliance with the agreement.

“[On Wednesday], representatives from various areas in Yangon gathered and went to the Foodpanda office to demand our rights,” Ko Kyaw, a 28-year-old delivery rider, told Coconuts by phone. “Even if we don’t get all our demands, we would be happy to get the important ones.”

Two days earlier, on Monday, the junta intervened against the organizing riders, dispatching security forces to raid more than 60 riders who had gathered at Yangon’s Bo Sein Mhan football stadium in Bahan Township for a rally. They were detained and later released.

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