The worldwide need to improve the work environment for App-based delivery workers
There is a case to be made that workers on food delivery platforms have it the worst when it comes to precarious pay and dangerous working conditions in the gig economy. Apps including Uber Eats, Deliveroo, DoorDash, and Foodora are notorious for pocketing tips, refusing to compensate workers for injuries, and systematically refusing to recognize workers as employees as a way of circumventing the costs of benefits.
1.1 What details do you remember most about the Dutch delivery rider?
1.2 Describe the job environment for food delivery riders
1.3. What dangers do bike delivery workers face?
1.4 How are food delivery workers currently protected?
1.5 Which food delivery apps do you use?
1.6 Do you tip your delivery riders? If so, how?
1.7 How have food delivery services in Korea changed their view of delivery drivers?
1.8 What is a union?
2.1 How do you think unions help businesses?
2.2 How do you think unions could help delivery riders?
2.3 How can you validate a delivery riders vulnerable situation?
2.4 What resources could you use to research the condition in which delivery riders operate?
2.5 Have you ever been App-based delivery rider? Evaluate your work environment
2.6 How are conditions for riders the same or different in Holland, Australia and Korea?
3.1 What would happen if all delivery riders were unionized?
3.2 Generate a plan to protect delivery riders without compromising the price or the service of delivery?
3.3 How could you change/improve workers conditions?
3.4 Since riders are environmentally friendly, research how they could get extra sponsorship from the government or private industry.
3.5 Make a list of App-based delivery services in your area.
3.6 Create a chart graphing the conditions of delivery riders working from different app-based food delivery services.
Core assignments for students
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