Grab riders hold 2nd protest over pay, benefits

ANGELES CITY – Some 200 Grab delivery riders have gathered at Astro Park here on Wednesday in protest against the company’s changes in their pay and benefit scheme.

United Delivery Riders of the Philippines national coordinator Geoffrey Labudahon said, the unity ride is in parallel with the previous protests in some parts of the country such as Cebu that were also organized by the Grab rider members of their union.

Labudahon shared the changes to their pay and benefits will amount to P300 to P500 per day per delivery rider. He said that about 2,000 Grab riders in the province are affected by the changes on the regulations which have already been implemented on Tuesday, November 29.

“Actually hindi na siya plan, inimplement na siya kahapon tapos nag-compute kame, talagang hindi kaya eh. Yun nga, P300 to P500 yung mawawala per day per delivery rider. Hindi kayang magtuloy-tuloy at hindi kayang magsustain ng pamilya,” said Labudahon.

“Kaya sabi namin kailangan itong i-stop, hindi ito na-consult at kung itinuturing nila kaming partner so definitely dapat kinakausap kami at nararamdaman na malaki ang epekto nito negatively. Ito ay pag condemn dun sa plan nung Grab na bawasan ang commission at bawasan din yung incentive,” he added.
In a statement, Grab reaffirms its long standing commitment to protecting its partners amid the challenging economic times.

It furthered: “Restructuring the earning scheme of our partners enables Grab to further drive consumer demand and create sustainable livelihood opportunities for our best performing partners – amidst a tough economy. Apart from that, Grab continues to find ways of providing social safety nets for its partners.”

Grab Philippines further stated that it is also in partnership with various government agencies and has proactively set up a social protection program for its partners where they will continue to scale the program across various cities and communities in the Philippines.

“We are optimistic that through our superapp business model, and our various partner support programs, our partners can thrive amidst challenging and rapidly changing economic times,” the statement ended.

In August, Grab riders held its first unity ride protest as they have been calling to be heard since.