Dialogue set after suspension of protesting Foodpanda riders

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 21) The Department of Labor and Employment will host a dialogue following the suspension of a number of Foodpanda riders protesting the food delivery firm's payment system.

Some Foodpanda riders in Davao City said they were suspended for 10 years after the food delivery firm learned about their plan to take a "rest day" in a show of protest against the low income they have been getting since the middle of 2020.

A local delivery rider association reported that Foodpanda riders' income per delivery was cut by almost half. The workers were said to be earning P55 per delivery before the pandemic.

READ: Foodpanda suspends for 10 years Davao City riders demanding higher pay

"Magkakaroon ng dialogue bukas ang Foodpanda, at ang mga riders, together with our regional office para once and for all, aayusin na nila iyong problema," Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said in a Laging Handa briefing.

[Translation: There will be a dialogue between Foodpanda and its riders, together with our regional office tomorrow, so once and for all they can fix the problem.]

Foodpanda said Tuesday in a statement it made a "difficult decision to offboard a small number of riders who have violated their agreement with Foodpanda by calling for disruptions that may affect the wider ecosystem,” referring to other riders, vendors, and customers.

The company also claimed it offers a "fair rider pay structure that is higher than other industries."