The CGT of the Just Eat meal delivery company called for walkouts on Friday evening for a “delivery man's eve”, in Paris and Lyon in particular, in order to demand an improvement in wages and working conditions.
The deliverers mobilized will not block orders all evening, but hope to put a "blow of pressure" on their company on this symbolic date of December 31.
Ludovic Rioux, secretary of the CGT for bicycle delivery workers in Lyon, denounces an "extremely high turnover, low wages caught up by the minimum wage on October 1" and insufficient support for equipment by the company. If the company compensates the kilometers, the deliverers "must participate in the rental or use their personal bike, while the company should provide their work tool," he said to AFP.
In addition, the company recently put an end to the "zoning" system for the 500 Parisian delivery men.
They can therefore now be required to deliver to customers at the other end of the capital without their remuneration taking into account the distance traveled.
“Work is becoming more physical, with an increase in delays and less quality services,” recalls Mr. Rioux.
Outside the big cities, delivery people don't always have a place to rest and warm up, he adds.
🔴 MAIL SENT TODAY TO THE MANAGEMENT OF JUST EAT 🔴
Below, the letter sent to the management of Just Eat: Salaries, material, working conditions, no positive developments in the last weeks.
Delivery people ready for action to obtain satisfaction✊✊✊ pic.twitter.com/6kFgaMMDQK
- CGT Deliverers (@LivreursCGT) December 20, 2021
Asked by AFP, the management of Just Eat had not responded at midday.
A movement in preparation
At the start of 2021, the Anglo-Dutch group had announced the recruitment of 4,500 deliverers on permanent contracts in France for the year, an unprecedented decision in a sector where the majority of platforms (Deliveroo, Uber Eats) use freelancers.
After a year, "only a thousand of them are still there", laments Ludovic Rioux, who evokes a "marketing argument".
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The FO union has no plans to mobilize Friday evening, even if most of its demands converge with those of the CGT.
"We already have a movement in preparation for the next few days, for all delivery people who suffer unfair dismissals, for our working conditions and against cases of harassment", argued Jérémy Graça, FO union representative at Just Eat.