Even before the pandemic, state media extolled the role delivery workers play in China’s economy. But many still lack important worker protections. Photo: AP Even before the pandemic, state media extolled the role delivery workers play in China’s economy. But many still lack important worker protections. Photo: AP
Even before the pandemic, state media extolled the role delivery workers play in China’s economy. But many still lack important worker protections. Photo: AP

Couriers in China protest late wages during an e-commerce boom resulting from the Covid-19 pandemic

  • The NGO China Labour Bulletin has recorded 25 worker protests over late wages at delivery companies in China this year
  • Competition has been driving down delivery fees even as the pandemic has made the work more demanding

Topic |   E-commerce
Even before the pandemic, state media extolled the role delivery workers play in China’s economy. But many still lack important worker protections. Photo: AP Even before the pandemic, state media extolled the role delivery workers play in China’s economy. But many still lack important worker protections. Photo: AP
Even before the pandemic, state media extolled the role delivery workers play in China’s economy. But many still lack important worker protections. Photo: AP
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