Didi Chuxing made its first push into the food delivery market nearly a month ago but is already the ride-hailing giant is facing a pushback from its delivery fleet. Didi Waimai’s (Didi Takeaway) deliverymen staged a protest for two consecutive days beginning with April 25th in Wuxi, Jiangsu Province.

Wuxi is the first stop for Didi’s experiment with food delivery and, apparently, it is not panning out that well. According to local media reports, around 30 drivers gathered on Thursday at lunchtime, the peak hour for deliveries, to express their dissatisfaction with a serious drop in the number of orders and a change in rules for payments. The majority of the protesters were freelancers for Didi Waimai who complained of unfair rules and meager earnings. Media reports dubbed the gathering a strike.

The protesting deliverymen claimed that the number of orders they have received has dropped by more than 50%. Some of the freelance drivers said they have been working for 8 hours a day with only 10 orders. The protesters are also accusing Didi of changing the reward conditions for full-time deliverymen called “loyal riders” from 100 to 150 orders per week.

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Masha Borak

Masha Borak is a technology reporter based in Beijing. Write to her at masha.borak [at] technode.com. Pitches with the word "disruptive" will be ignored. Read a good book - learn some more adjectives.