Drivers at each of China’s three major food delivery platforms - Waimai, Ele.me, and Meituan – staged strikes and protests last month as pay and working conditions declined further. CLB’s Strike Map recorded four incidents last month in which food delivery drivers collectively took a stand against the non-payment of wages and pressure to perform their already dangerous jobs even faster and for less money.
Years of intense competition has made it difficult for many food delivery companies to make a profit and drivers who once flocked to the industry because of its relatively high wages are now feeling the impact. And conditions are only likely to get worse as more competition takes its toll. In August, Baidu announced it was getting out of the food delivery business and selling its Waimai subsidiary to its rival Ele.me, which is backed by Alibaba, Tencent and Sequoia etc.