Instacart Workers Go on Strike After Rejecting Mild Concessions

Instacart hasn’t had success trying to avert a strike over a lack of COVID-19 protections. The Gig Workers Collective has declared that a shopper strike is “still on” after asserting that Instacart’s concessions were inadequate. A change that sets the tip default to a customer’s previous amount will likely offer “no meaningful benefit,” the shoppers said, as that previous amount will frequently come from the pre-outbreak era. There’s still no sick pay for workers who have to stay home due to health conditions that put them at high risk. The company also left hazard pay “completely unaddressed,” according to the objectors — an average pay per order of less than $10 still leaves shoppers “risking their lives for pocket change.”

The service did say it had sourced hand sanitizer that would ship next week, but workers saw this as indicative of Instacart dragging its heels. Shoppers said they had been asking for sanitizer for “many, many weeks,” but the company was only now conceding to this demand.

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