Delivery drivers of Zomato protested in the streets of Howrah, West Bengal, as they are being forced to deliver Pork and Beef dishes to their customers.
The drivers were heard shouting “Zomati Ki Dadagiri Nahi Chalegi”.
Muslim riders and Hindu riders were seen protesting together.
The Hindu riders said they felt uncomfortable handling dishes that had beef in them, and Muslim riders said they did not want to deliver dishes that had pork in them.
A protester said, “The company is not listening to our demands & forcing us to deliver beef & pork against our will. We have been on strike for a week now.”
West Bengal: Zomato food delivery executives in Howrah are on an indefinite strike protesting against delivering beef and pork, say, "The company is not listening to our demands & forcing us to deliver beef & pork against our will. We have been on strike for a week now." pic.twitter.com/tPVLIQc2SZ
— ANI (@ANI) August 11, 2019
After the protests went large, Zomato released a statement about the incident, they said, “In a country as diverse as India, it is impossible to ensure that vegetarian and non-vegetarian preferences are factored into delivery logistics.”
The statement added, “Delivery partners are unequivocally made to understand the practical nature of the job as they choose to enter the workforce. All our partners understand this fully. There is a small group of partners in Howrah who’ve raised concerns & we’re looking to resolve the issue.”
The incident has sparked outrage amongst other people who are continuously looking for jobs.
A Twitter user said, “Why work with Food delivery companies if u hv any problem, go join the Gau rakshak squads or sell pakodas as Honble Pm prescribes everyone.
Another user said, “Pretty sure there are other unemployed youth willing to take these jobs.”
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