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Didi drivers in China protest pay cuts and restrictive work practices

03 July 2018
Didi drivers’ in Hunan post long list of grievances
Didi drivers in Hangzhou demand talks with company

Nearly one hundred Didi drivers gathered in front of the company office in Hangzhou, Zhejiang, on 8 June protesting its new “guarantee scheme.” The scheme, rolled out in April, claimed to provide drivers with a stable income but required them to work at least ten hours a day.

Didi then gradually reduced the orders for those drivers who refused to join the new scheme, sparking anger among drivers who wanted to maintain a more flexible work schedule. One driver said his income had fallen by 5,000 yuan as a result of the new system. After expenses, he said, he was left with just a few thousand yuan a month. Even drivers with a high customer rating found that they could not get orders without joining the new scheme.

When company representatives did not respond to their complaints, a group of drivers elected their own representatives and marched into the company office to demand negotiations. The company finally gave in and held talks with the drivers.

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