A PART of Sukhumvit road was blocked today (March 26) after hundreds of food and parcel delivery riders staged a protest over an online company slashing their per delivery pay by 31 percent, Sanook.com said.
The protesters blocked the inbound side of Sukhumvit road in front of Soi 40 leaving one lane open to traffic while the outbound side, heading to Onnut, was not affected.
The delivery riders, called “partners” by this company, said previously the rate was 62 baht for the first three kilometres, and after deduction of administration fee they were left with 51 baht.
However a new rate, 50 baht, has been implemented and they are now left with 41 baht after deducting administration fee. As a result, their income has plunged by 31 percent.
This company also changed the way it calculated payment after the first three kilometres as it now does not measure the GPS distance as travelled by a car but the shorter walking distance.
The group of delivery riders protesting today are not related to another group that had staged a protest against the same company last week.
They said they resorted to blocking part of the road because the management refused to come down and receive their complaint.
Top: Delivery riders staging a protest on Sukhumvit road today. Thai headline says, “complaining over pay plunging.” Photo: Sanook.com