#RidersUnited: Solidarity with Riders’ Strike at Yemeksepeti (Delivery Hero)

Since February 1st workers of Yemeksepeti (Delivery Hero) have been on strike in different cities across Turkey.

The following message was shared through messengers among riders online:

I am writing to you on behalf of the issue of the striking Yemeksepeti delivery workers in Turkey. For days now they have been protesting for higher wages and better working conditions, including the right to unionize freely. The owner of Yemeksepeti is Delivery Hero, which also owns stakes in Gorillas, I believe. Today the protest reached a critical stage and the company wants to crush it. The workers are currently in front of the Yemeksepeti HQ in Istanbul. A message of solidarity of you would be wonderful, particularly as the mother company is a German company.

I am in contact with the workers and some of the unions that support them and they believe that the matter will be decided in Germany and not in Turkey.

They would be very grateful for any supprt. Thank you very much!

The striking workers’ demands are:
1. 5500 TL salary after tax
2. No worker shall be fired for fighting for their rights
3. the workers shall be recognised as part of the transportation sector
4. the union movement shall be assured

shared via online messengers on February 5th

In addition the labour union TÜMTIS released a statement calling for Yemeksepeti (Delivery Hero) to recognize the right to unionize. Some striking workers use this twitter account: Yemeksepeti İşçi Komitesi.

In reaction comrades on the Philippines and in Berlin rallied in solidarity:

Foodpanda (Delivery Hero) riders organized with the union Kagulong on the Philippines
Workers organized with the riders union Kagulong on the Philippines
Rally in front of Delivery Hero HQ in Berlin on Feb. 10th


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