World Socialist Web Site wsws.org 24 Mar, 2021 07:30 am

Food delivery worker in China detained for exposing working conditions

Food delivery worker in China detained for exposing working conditions
The arrests were an attempt by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) to strangle any hint of social opposition during its annual showpiece—the National People’s Congress .

On February 25, a food delivery worker and vlogger, Chen, was detained by the police in Beijing.Ten other food delivery workers who lived in Chen’s neighbourhood were also taken away by the police, and two of them were released the next day.Chen is a well-known vlogger among food delivery workers and has more than 100,000 followers across multiple social media platforms.Chen also exposed in these videos how food delivery platforms profiteer from their own workers: each worker is forced to pay for insurance, but only a third actually went towards insurance.

For now, you [the company] can use the immense power of capital against us food delivery workers, who are as unorganized as a plate of sand.Just prior to his detention, Chen had produced a series of videos exposing how food delivery platforms tricked workers into finishing more orders.

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