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We heard from a French courier union that a 18-year-old UberEATS bike courier has died during his shift in Bordeaux after a truck reversed on him. The news shocked couriers throughout Europe and we want to send our condolences to the family and friends of the courier.
Both bike and car courier work in traffic, where accidents cannot always be avoided. Because of this it is of utmost importance that couriers have insurances and the possibility for sick leave and pay. The food delivery companies offer none of this: in Finland too, Foodora and Wolt courier work especially in the winter in very difficult conditions without the companies offering them even the minimum security. The risk of an accident is increased, because the small pay—that both Foodora and Wolt cut—of the couriers is paid by the number of delivered orders. So couriers are encourage to ride more, faster and longer.
And as the tragic accident of Bordeaux shows, bike couriers who are in a most vulnerable position can wind up in an accident that was not of their doing. Foodora and Wolt, take responsibility of your couriers on whose work you businesses are based!