KOTA KINABALU: The new payment scheme introduced by the online food delivery company has made about 100 Foodpanda riders in Kota Kinabalu to go on a work strike in protest against it.

They claim that the new scheme is of no benefit to them.

The group had gathered at Padang Bandaran from 8 am to 2 pm and refused to work for the day. The riders also demanded that Foodpanda restore the previous system.

Foodpanda announced a new payment scheme to boost the income of all its riders outside the Klang Valley from Monday.

Erwin Omar who spoke on behalf of the group on strike explained that while the new scheme rewards riders more for each order, they no longer get paid for the hours they are working.

He also claimed the new scheme applied to all riders across the country except those in Kuala Lumpur and Selangor.

Under the new scheme, a rider will be paid RM7 for each order as opposed to RM5 in the previous plan, he said and disclosed that under the old scheme, riders would also be paid RM4 for each working hour.

In the previous scheme, a rider will be paid according to a pay hierarchy ranging from Batch 1, being the highest, to Batch 5 the lowest, he said.

Batch 1 rewards riders RM5 for each order, Batch 2 RM4, Batch 3 RM3.50 and RM3 for Batch 4 and 5. They are also paid an extra RM1 for each working hour on Saturday and Sunday.

Under the new scheme, Erwin said they would be paid between RM7 and RM4.50 for batches 1 to 6, adding they are not paid for the hours they are working.

“We were able to earn between RM1,000 and RM1,400 a week under the old system but much less in the new one where we can only get between RM396 and RM630 for 30 hours of work.

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