After the announcement of layoffs, the Berlin Senator for Integration, Labor and Social Affairs, Katja Kipping, criticized delivery services. “Various food delivery services have used the Corona and home office times for an aggressive expansion strategy,” said the Left politician in a statement on Thursday.
The pandemic period was a time of high demand for delivery services and thus also high sales. “But they fire as quickly as they promise to deliver,” criticized Kipping. “I don’t think such a business model is sustainable or social.”
Good work means secure employment with secure working conditions, co-determination and good pay. The food delivery service Gorillas had previously announced that it would part with half of its administrative apparatus.
300 of 600 employees there have to go across all locations. The Berlin start-up announced that the staff cuts would affect the global head office. Drivers are not affected by the job cuts. It was not initially known to which country most of the employees would have to go.
The company has made headlines since its inception in 2020 due to conflicts with its drivers. Above all, they criticized the working conditions and emphasized their demands with so-called wildcat strikes. The drivers now have their own works council.
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