Migrants in Latin America Have Turned to Delivery Gigs During the Pandemic. But Drivers Say They're Facing Hostility and Mistreatment
Delivery workers in Latin America have been deemed essential workers during the pandemic. Yet, they experience a high degree of vulnerability in the absence of worker protections, discrimination and abuse. This is particularly the case for Venezuelan immigrants in Ecuador, sparking frustration among workers. Worker protests in the past year demanding better pay, working conditions and safety protocols have had some impact, with several platforms raising salaries, providing essential gear and compensation schemes for Covid-stricken workers.