Food delivery company Ele.me is facing a public backlash after a worker lit himself on fire while protesting unpaid wages. This came just a week after another delivery driver died while on the job. Photo: Roy Issa Food delivery company Ele.me is facing a public backlash after a worker lit himself on fire while protesting unpaid wages. This came just a week after another delivery driver died while on the job. Photo: Roy Issa
Food delivery company Ele.me is facing a public backlash after a worker lit himself on fire while protesting unpaid wages. This came just a week after another delivery driver died while on the job. Photo: Roy Issa

Food delivery workers want more legal protections after Ele.me driver sets himself on fire to protest unpaid wages

  • Ele.me promises safety upgrades after a self-immolation and the death of a driver has again put gig economy in the national spotlight
  • More than 60 per cent of delivery drivers do not have access to social security in China, a legally mandated expense that employers sidestep with gig workers

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Food delivery company Ele.me is facing a public backlash after a worker lit himself on fire while protesting unpaid wages. This came just a week after another delivery driver died while on the job. Photo: Roy Issa Food delivery company Ele.me is facing a public backlash after a worker lit himself on fire while protesting unpaid wages. This came just a week after another delivery driver died while on the job. Photo: Roy Issa
Food delivery company Ele.me is facing a public backlash after a worker lit himself on fire while protesting unpaid wages. This came just a week after another delivery driver died while on the job. Photo: Roy Issa
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