The wave of strikes by application delivery people, which began on the Nossa Senhora Aparecida holiday in Paulínia (SP), Jundiaí (SP) and São Carlos (SP) and which was initially scheduled to end, changed course in the face of silence on the part of companies of applications.
“No response, the strike continues!” The phrase appears on the banner hanging in front of Jundiaí Shopping: the break in the city, which was to end on the October 12 holiday, now goes on indefinitely, until the demands are negotiated.
In Paulínia, where the delivery service has been blocked since last Friday (8), workers say they will continue idly until next Friday (15).
On that day, the start of the brake for the Bauru (SP) couriers is scheduled. Strikes are also scheduled to start in Niterói (RJ) and São Gonçalo (RJ) on October 19th.
The workers have not yet received contact from any of the companies that hire them, including iFood, Uber Eats, Box Delivery, Rappi and James Delivery.
The decision of the deliverymen of São Carlos, taken in assembly this Wednesday night (13) was to give a temporary truce. “Many claimed to be in need,” explained José Carlos*, one of the city’s organized couriers.
“So we decided to stop the strike for a few days, so that the guys could work and gather some money, and in 15 days we will stop again”, he points out. According to him, the organization is for the next stoppage to be “more radical”.
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Until last year, as was #BrequeDosApps in July 2020, the category’s protests had the characteristic of a one-day stoppage, with demonstrations. That’s what happened this Tuesday (12) with a act done in Rio Claro (SP) from 2 pm to 5 pm.
However, since deliverymen from São José dos Campos (SP) made a six-day break in September, the strategy of stopping for a longer and pre-defined period was also adopted. Jundiaí’s deliverymen now inaugurate the strike without a date to end.
“A message for iFood: until you answer, it is undetermined. Motoboy everything closed, everything stopped. We can’t run for R$ 5.31 if the gasoline is R$ 6”, says a striker from Jundiaí in video posted on social media, referring to the value of the minimum delivery fee paid by the platform.
In addition to the rate increase, the end of double collection and the suspension of the account without justification are among the main demands of the strike.
Delivery platforms at lunchtime on Wednesday (13), with all the restaurants in the two shopping malls in Jundiaí appearing as closed, showed that the blockade was still effective.
To Brazil in fact iFood did not respond if it intends to negotiate with the strikers. In a statement, he said that “it respects the constitutional and democratic right to hold demonstrations.”
The company also said that “it adopts a proactive conduct in search of dialogue, with a team dedicated to listening and talking to delivery people across the country.”
“By the end of the year, we will hold more than 100 meetings with workers and their leaders to pay attention to their demands and proposals to improve our relationship,” says iFood.
João Nascimento*, a delivery man on strike from Paulínia, says that the movement only receives mismatched information from contacts with the city’s restaurants.
“Some say that iFood says it doesn’t know about a strike. For other restaurants, iFood says it is negotiating with us. But it hasn’t contacted anyone so far,” he says.
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“We want to work, the apps we don’t want to leave”, explains Ronaldo Silva*, who started in the food delivery service during the pandemic, in Jundiaí. Regarding the dialogue made during the strike blockades, when convincing colleagues to stop collecting orders, Ronaldo explains that it is difficult because “we all have bills to pay”.
But he evaluates that the mobilizations have worked: “Either we sacrifice ourselves or we won’t get results”.
Platforms, however, have encouraged this conversation to be even more challenging. In Paulínia and Jundiaí, iFood launched a promotion with an extra R$ 5 for those who made deliveries during dinner this Wednesday (13).
The Jundiaí delivery organization has a strike fund supported by voluntary donations. THE pix key is disclosed on social networks and that’s how they’ve been feeding through the idle days.
The group is receiving support from deliverymen from other regions, such as São Paulo and the ABC Paulista, and the solidarity was not restricted to national borders.
Mateus Mendonça is Brazilian and lives in England. There he is a member of the IWGB Union, a union in Great Britain that organizes migrant and precarious workers.
With a contact established since last year, in this most recent wave of strikes there were exchanges of videos of support between the deliverymen from England and Brazil. In addition, the British organization is looking into the possibility of collecting a financial contribution to the strike fund.
“We are strengthening this relationship, which is mainly one of mutual support, solidarity, sharing tactics and knowledge”, describes Mateus, explaining that a large part of the application workers in London are also Brazilian.
“Maybe at some point”, he suggests, “we managed to make a simultaneous joint initiative”.
* Names have been changed to preserve fonts.
Edition: Leandro Melito