The motor couriers of Banabi, the grocery branch of the leading online food delivery platform Yemeksepeti, on Feb. 15 visited main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu in parliament.
The workers have been on a strike since Feb. 1, in the face of inadequate wage rises and poor working conditions.
During the meeting with Kılıçdaroğlu, the workers talked about their problems, their demands, their unionization process as well as possible solutions to the violation of their working rights.
The workers also attended the CHP Parliamentary Group Meeting as the guests of CHP Istanbul Deputy Yüksel Mansur Kılıç.
Photos of the meetings were shared by Nakliyat-İş Trade Union on Twitter.
Yemeksepeti İşçileri ve Sendikamız Ankara Bölge Temsilcisi Bayram Karkın Bugün TBMM'de CHP Grup Toplantısına Katıldı. Sonrasında CHP Genel Başkanı Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu ile Yemeksepeti Direnişiyle ilgili bir görüşme yaptılar... @kilicdarogluk @herkesicinCHP pic.twitter.com/n09YIJRX6F— Nakliyat-İş (@Nakliyatsendika) February 15, 2022
Meanwhile, CHP Muğla Deputy Burak Erbay filed a parliamentary question to address the workers' problems.
“The demands of the couriers, who deliver the products we need under all kinds of difficult conditions, regardless of the weather conditions, should be met as soon as possible and the wage increase they deserve for a humane life should be given,” Erbay said in the motion.
Yemeksepeti couriers say that the company increased their monthly income of 3,200 liras by 32.7 percent this year, which corresponds to the minimum wage. The workers instead demand to be paid a net monthly income of 5,500 liras.
Turkey on Feb. 3 reported an annual inflation rate of 48.69 percent in January, the highest in two decades, whereas the independent inflation group ENAG put the figure at 114.87 percent.
The official minimum wage for 2022 is 4,250 liras.