Food delivery drivers in Dubai quit work due to pay conditions

Food delivery workers in the United Arab Emirates demanding better pay refused to work on Monday, the second time this month that foreign delivery workers have walked off the job in the Gulf state where public demonstrations, industrial action and unions are banned . The strike disrupted the services of Talabat, a subsidiary of German DeliveryHero, in Dubai, the country’s financial center which is also a regional hub for trade and tourism.

Delivery drivers in Dubai are low-paid foreign workers and are usually employed by agencies, which many workers say charge them for their work permits, which is illegal in the UAE. Videos shared on social media appeared to show delivery men wearing Talabat’s predominantly orange uniforms in large groups in various parts of Dubai refusing to make deliveries.

Reuters could not immediately verify the images. A spokesperson for Talabat said its delivery drivers, who are contracted through agencies, earn an average of 3,500 dirhams ($953) per month and that until last week, 70% of its drivers had expressed their satisfaction with the company’s salary structure.

There have been no recent changes to the compensation model, the spokesperson said in a statement, and the company is committed to ensuring drivers can continue to support their families. “We understand that economic and political realities are constantly changing and we will always continue to listen to what passengers have to say,” the spokesperson said, without specifying whether the company was engaging with those who refused to work. .

Authorities in the United Arab Emirates, an autocracy whose rulers do not tolerate dissent, could not immediately be reached for comment. Last week, rival Deliveroo halted plans to cut drivers’ earnings in Dubai by 15% per delivery after workers went on strike in protest over wages and working conditions.

Human rights groups have criticized the United Arab Emirates and other Gulf states for the treatment of low-paid migrant workers there, where they make up a large part of the workforce.

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