Beijing continues to push labour protections as China’s delivery couriers battle ‘dehumanised’ algorithms in fight for survival


By Tracy QuAnn Cao

Delivering food or parcels is a common choice for migrant workers, thanks to huge demand, low barriers to entry and flexible terms. Beijing has urged China’s Internet platforms, including Meituan and Ele.me, to enhance protection of gig workers by improving welfare coverage. — SCMP

Hu Yuchen, a migrant worker from Jiangxi who works in Shanghai as a delivery man, said he usually has only half a day off per month.

Hu says he originally had a 200,000 yuan (RM131,595) debt to pay, meaning he had no option but to toil all day and every day when he started as a delivery courier three years ago. But after his debts were cleared, he found himself stuck in this arduous routine.

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