Instacart workers paid to shop and deliver groceries and supplies to have announced a plan to go on strike starting Monday, saying the company is putting them at risk and exploiting them amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
The shoppers have set forth a list of demands the company must meet before the strike is lifted.
What are the details?
The "Gig Workers Collective" — a group that purportedly represents the workers — announced the planned strike on Medium on Friday, claiming that "Instacart has turned this pandemic into a PR campaign, portraying itself the hero of families that are sheltered-in-place, isolated, or quarantined."
In its statement, the collective asserted that the company "has still not provided essential protections to Shoppers on the front lines that could prevent them from becoming carriers, falling ill themselves, or worse."
The workers set forth the following demands for Instacart to meet, threatening otherwise to walk off the job on Monday:
- Safety precautions at no cost to workers — [personal protective equipment] (at minimum hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes/spray and soap).
- Hazard pay — an extra $5 per order and defaulting the in-app tip amount to at least 10% of order total.
- An extension and expansion of pay for workers impacted by COVID-19 — anyone who has a doctor's note for either a preexisting condition that's a known risk factor or requiring a self-quarantine.
- The deadline to qualify for these benefits must be extended beyond April 8th.