Delivery co-op seeks to serve decent work conditions for riders

Dijon, France

It may have taken a cracked rib, but Bruno Giraud is now joining a growing number of French riders trying to challenge the business model of meal delivery platforms.

Giraud, 40, initially found it cool that he could cycle for his job by delivering meals for Uber Eats and Deliveroo in the central French city of Dijon.

But he was soon disenchanted with working conditions that are “not far from slavery” with no guaranteed minimum number of work hours or minimum wage.

“Before, one could make 70 euros a night but they recruit more and more deliverers and there aren’t enough orders, so the price of a delivery drops. It has become really abusive,” Giraud said.

Delivery platforms have seen a boom in business thanks to the Covid-19 pandemic, as demand has soared in countries where restaurants have closed.—AFP