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13 Mai 2022

AFP via France 24

'Impossible to survive': Dubai food delivery riders go on strike

The riders, all of whom are foreigners mostly from south Asia, are demanding better pay and have held two strikes this month in the energy-rich Gulf state where industrial action is rare.

"It is impossible to survive in Dubai on what we make," said a 28-year-old Pakistani driver, who spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisal...

Like other drivers, he was hired to work for Talabat, part of Germany's Delivery Hero, via a third party sponsor...

Advocacy group Migrant Rights said the gig economy is globally exploitative but "even worse" in Arab Gulf countries where many recruiters under the "kafala" sponsorship system do not meet "their obligations by law".

"The protests in the UAE, which were staged at a great risk, reveal the growing frustration amongst those working in this sector," it added.

Another delivery driver for Talabat told AFP that he was determined to pursue the strike until riders' demands are met.