Instacart delivery employees want protective gear and raise, plan to strike

Goods and services at a premium during a pandemic

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I use the Instacart delivery service; at least I did before the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak. The ability to order from your mobile device or home computer and have it delivered to your home within an hour or so was very convenient.

Now, it’s a couple of days away due to massive crowds cleaning out stores before 3-4 p.m. Instacart employees have a legitimate beef with not being protected from possible coronavirus conditions. Many supermarkets have given their employees a raise during the last week or so. But Instacart has not been on the receiving end of that good fortune, and are now considering going on strike if they are not compensated better and provided protection against contracting coronavirus during the course of their duties.

The workers are asking Instacart for an additional $5 per order and a default tip of at least 10% per order, they said in a statement, along with the Gig Workers Collective.

“For the past several weeks, Instacart Shoppers and Gig Workers Collective have been urging Instacart to take proper safety precautions,” the statement said. “We have been ignored.”

The group is also asking Instacart for safety provisions like hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes, and soap, as well as expanded paid leave for people with preexisting conditions or those who are required to self-quarantine. They’re seeking an extension of the paid leave past April 8, when they said it is set to expire.

“Instacart has turned this pandemic into a PR campaign, portraying itself the hero of families that are sheltered-in-place, isolated, or quarantined,” the group said.

“Instacart has still not provided essential protections to Shoppers on the front lines that could prevent them from becoming carriers, falling ill themselves, or worse.” [Business Insider]

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