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Belgium is the second country where I work as a food delivery driver and the word that comes to my mind to describe what is happening with this activity is: chaos!
I don't understand how the authorities keep allowing this type of modern slavery to every day in our cities, without any control.
We are all guilty because we simply "look aside."
The following situations are common to most food deliverers who work for Uber eats and Deliveroo:
-Uninterrupted workdays of 12 and more hours;
-Constant feeling of anxiety due to the ever-present possibility of loss of income of being the target of account blocking without justification or possibility of appeal;
-Constant fear of being without a livelihood due to not being able to work due to illness or accident;
-Absence of free days and vacations. The food delivery drivers works almost always 7 days a week in order to pay social obligations and be able to survive.
Much more could be said but you all know what is really going on.
Ahhh and the so famous "flexibility" that these companies repeat until exhaustion... It only serves one side: theirs.
I propose that a middle ground be found and that companies are obliged to pay the social contributions of food delivery drivers; A minimum period of vacation paid by companies; A real work insurance; Respect for legal periods of work and minimum wages.
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