Maximum Rage: Delivery Workers Protest Low Wages, App ‘Lockouts’ | Laptop News

Queens-based courier Dendi Sherpa was one of New York’s 65,000 delivery workers who fought hard to win a minimum wage of $17.96 for all couriers. When the minimum wage law finally went into effect last December, Sherpa celebrated.

But instead of seeing his wages increase, Sherpa, 22, said his pay has actually decreased.

Now, when he opens his Uber Eats app, the system won’t let him accept delivery jobs for hours and sometimes days, he told Streetsblog. Prior to the minimum wage law enforcement, he made approximately $600 a week on his bike. Now, due to limited access to the app, he said he makes half that.

He’s not alone. On Wednesday morning, nearly 20 delivery workers, some on e-bikes and mopeds, took to City Hall Park to protest what they are calling “lockouts.”

“I used to work 35 hours a week, but in January, I took a couple of days off because I had a bad cold,” Sherpa told Streetsblog in Hindi through a translator. “When I got back on the Uber Eats app, I was only given 19 hours of work a week, which has been really difficult for me. This is why I’m calling on the city to help us.”

Justice for App Workers, the organization representing more than 130,000 rideshare drivers and delivery workers across the country, called the protest to demand that the city hold the app giants accountable.

“Delivery drivers across the city are experiencing crippling lockout conditions, depriving them of the opportunity to earn a living wage,” Co-Chair and courier Naomi Ogutu said. “But we refuse to accept this as the status quo. We are here to demand immediate action from Mayor Adams and the City Council.”

“New York delivery workers have had enough of the app companies’ greed. We work extremely hard, and we’re not asking for a handout – we just want the fair…”

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