: Blinkit Reduces Pay-per-parcel to Rs. 15, Delivery Workers On Strike #IndiaNEWSAll #gig work Kolkata: Last Tuesday, delivery workers of Blinkit Company in Kolkata began an indefinite strike following
Blinkit Reduces Pay-per-parcel to Rs. 15, Delivery Workers On Strike #IndiaNEWSAll #gig work
Kolkata: Last Tuesday, delivery workers of Blinkit Company in Kolkata began an indefinite strike following the companys decision to introduce a new rate card with per-parcel-earning of Rs. 15 for new riders. The striking workers are demanding that per-parcel-earning should be the same for all rider workers and that new recruits should also be activated using the Rs. 25 ID, which was secured by the workers after a massive strike in September 2022.
Currently, at least 150 workers are on strike in Kestopur and Newtown, while workers at the Chinar Park hub have ended their struggle. According to sources, the Blinkit management retaliated against the striking workers yesterday by transforming all their IDs into Rs. 15 IDs. Meetings between the workers and the management are currently underway but it is unlikely for the workers demands to be met.
In September 2022, the company had arbitrarily reduced the delivery riders earnings on each parcel from Rs. 50 to Rs. 20, slashing their livelihood by more than half. In response, the protest movement by Blinkit delivery riders in September 2022 had forced every hub in the city to shut down. After almost a month of continued struggle, the workers secured a new rate card with per-parcel-earning amended to Rs. 25, and an incentive slab that allowed per-parcel-earning to jump to close to Rs. 40 if the order target reached 100. The company had also promised not to change rate cards for at least three years, however, no written agreement was made at that time.
Blinkit Management has now gone back on this promise by introducing a new form of ID with a per-parcel-earning of Rs. 15. While older workers will continue to keep their Rs. 25 rate cards, new recruits will only receive Rs. 15 per delivery.
Sources also claim that the new Distance Pay Rate Card (DPRE) permits new recruits to make deliveries beyond the previous limit of 3 kilometers. Due to this, delivery workers will have to make longer deliveries, which would reduce their total number of deliveries per day, and as a result, their daily earnings. Moreover, the company does not bear the cost of returning to the hub after completing a delivery, which means that the increased cost of petrol and bike maintenance due to longer deliveries will be borne by delivery workers themselves. Whether through direct means such as the new ID or through indirect means such as the increased delivery distance, Blinkit’s delivery workers are facing an immense loss of income.
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The striking delivery workers are also concerned that the company may assign more deliveries to new recruits who are on a Rs.