Reflections from the gig economy- perspective of a food courier
An anecdotal story published in The Guardian draws attention to the unique perspectives and concerns of food delivery workers during the current pandemic crisis.
Several platforms such as Uber Eats and Grubhub classify food delivery drivers as "independent contractors" and therefore do not entitle delivery drivers to worker benefits such as health insurance. During the current pandemic, while delivery fees have been momentarily waived for customers and commission fees for restaurants, no such benefits or compensation have been offered to delivery drivers.
Concerns about workers' rights, hygiene, and being overworked arise. Such concerns are extremely dejecting, particularly as they relate to a job that many have no option to keep in order to establish some financial security.
Read more at the link above.