Deliveroo suspends pay cut for UAE delivery riders after rare worker strike

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DUBAI, May 2 (Reuters) –

After a rare strike by foreign delivery employees in the Gulf Arab state, over working conditions which disrupted services on Sunday, Deliveroo (ROO.L) has halted plans to cut rider pay.

The firm said it was halting what it called a proposed change in rider fee structure in an email to restaurants on Monday. The was seen by Reuters, and that it would communicate with riders in the weeks and months ahead.
Deliveroo had previously told eateries that “riders are striking and refuse to attend their shifts or deliver orders,” and that it would “defend Deliveroo rider earnings to remain the most competitive in the industry,” according to a statement.

According to Reuters, a Deliveroo spokeswoman said that the company was stopping all modifications, and will work with delivery riders to develop a framework that worked for everyone.

The Deliveroo spokeswoman added;”Our initial objective with the announcement was to create a more well-rounded framework for rider earnings, in addition to other incentives.”
Some social media users called for a boycott of Deliveroo in response to the strike. Others encouraged customers to tip delivery employees ($1 = 3.6726 UAE dirham).

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