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USA: Instacart workers strike over wage cuts following adjustments to tipping policy

Author: April Glaser, Slate, Published on: 8 November 2019

"Instacart Workers Are Striking Because of the App’s User Interface", 5 November 2019

Several thousand workers who ferry groceries for Instacart are on...a 72-hour strike over how the on-demand delivery app pays them. Instacart’s “shoppers” ...have a problem with how the platform manages tipping:

The default in the app is for users to leave either a $2 or a 5 percent tip for the shopper on top of the 5 percent service fee that Instacart charges every order. The workers allege that this service fee is misleading and that the 5 percent default tip option has cut into their take-home wages—which they say have shrunk because the app previously suggested a tip of 10 percent, and the company didn’t charge a service fee...

...another crucial design choice might be that the app doesn’t indicate that the tip it suggests is only 5 percent; while users have the option to manually enter a higher tip, they may not realize that, by percentage, the default is paltry...

...Instacart has told journalists, “We take the feedback of the shopper community very seriously and remain committed to listening to and using that feedback to improve their experience.”...


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Related companies: Instacart