Commission’s work reveals Foodora workers vote to unionize a month after the company has left Canada


A Foodora mail is represented as they pick up an order for the delivery of a restaurant in Toronto on Feb. 27, 2020. The Canadian Union of Postal workers, said on Tuesday that 88.8 per cent of Foodora the couriers and the drivers of Toronto and Mississauga voted to unionize under his banner.

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The Labour Relations Board revealed on Tuesday that the messengers and drivers, who have provided food through the Foodora application in Toronto and Mississauga voted to unionize last year, while the disclosure comes a month after the company pulled outside of Canada.

The union certification vote was held in August 2019, and the BOARD finally unsealed the results of four months after a historic decision of the board of directors in February granted Foodora of the contractor “concert delivery workers”, the right to unionize. “In a very real sense, the couriers working for Foodora, and not themselves,” Matthew Wilson, the OLRB alternate chair, writes in this decision, which supported the workers are not independent contractors, but “person in charge”, those very well as employees.

The Canadian Union of Postal workers, said on Tuesday that 88.8 per cent of Foodora couriers and drivers in both cities have voted to unionize under his banner, and that the results show that the “status quo” for the concert of the workers is not good enough. The Foodora couriers and drivers sought to better pay, benefits and physical protection to the environment often hostile weather and working conditions.

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“We have been the first application based on the employees to chase down a legal proof of what we knew,” Thomas McKechnie, one of the organizers of the e-mail, said in an interview. “We were the workers. We deserve respect.”

But at the end of April, the subsidiary of the German company Delivery Hero said she was going to leave Canada in May, saying that the competition is here, it is difficult to make a profit. The decision prompted speculation among the emails and industry observers that the departure was related to unionization efforts.

“I suspect that Foodora made the decision because he feels that having a unionized work force is not in agreement with his model,” said Sylvain Charlebois, who has studied the provision of services to the Agri-Food industry Analytics Lab at Dalhousie University, in Halifax, at the end of April.

Although the pilots and the mail not to deliver to Foodora, they consider the historic vote. “There is a hunger among workers to make their voices heard and be able to change their working conditions,” Mr McKechnie said.

Concert workers around the world have struggled for better wages, benefits and protection that the companies for which they work – and not only for the delivery of applications, but also for ridesharing companies such as Uber Technologies Inc. – have become multinational tech giants.

“These gig economy jobs, these” independent contractor ” jobs are hyperexploitative positions and are on their way,” Mr. McKechnie said. “People want something better, and our campaign has shown that we can get something better.”

Foodora has not responded to a request for comment.

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