Thailand: Foodpanda riders strike against pay cuts; company issues apology after labeling a protester "terrorist"
"Foodpanda riders in Chiang Mai strike against pay cuts", 25 August 2021
More than 100 Foodpanda delivery drivers in Thailand staged a strike outside a government building [...] in response to the company’s unannounced plan to cut its pay per order to BHT 21 (USD 0.64), a drop of at least 30% from the original rate.
“We want more than BHT 21 per order. I do not know why they are doing this to riders in Chiang Mai only,” one Foodpanda rider told KrASIA. The riders have stated two main demands: Foodpanda should ensure that the commission adjustment process and criteria are transparent, and retain the previous pay scale as the workers go through an economic plight.
[...] In mid-July, a protester was seen in Bangkok setting fire to portraits of Thailand’s kings and then riding a motorcycle with a Foodpanda delivery crate. The company labeled the man as a “terrorist.” Foodpanda later published an apology on Twitter, saying that the firm “respects the freedom of speech and expression,” and that it would not dismiss the rider seen in the video clip.