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Food delivery app Wolt accused of witholding wages

TWO former Wolt drivers in Berlin are suing the delivery company for withholding wages for several months.

In cases heard before the Berlin Labour Court on Thursday, the riders, from India and Pakistan, say they were hired by subcontractor Mobile World, a mobile phone shop in Neukolln.

According to Taz newspaper, one of the plaintiffs, Mohammad B, applied for a job after seeing an advert on Facebook.

He said he received the same “onboarding” documents and worked with the same app he had used when he previously worked for the company in 2021.

The workers received delivery jobs through the app, and only became suspicious when they did not receive any pay.

Wolt denies employing the riders or working with Mobile World.

The lawyer representing the workers, Martin Bechert, argues that since app-based work is “monitored down to the minute,” the company should be able to find out when and how much his clients worked for.

Mr Bechert said gig platforms recruit immigrants as “many are afraid of losing their residence permit or do not know their rights,” and that the use of subcontractors has created a criminal environment that enables wage theft.

It is estimated that up to 120 couriers may have been denied wages after being recruited through subcontractors.


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