COVID: Instacart Makes Changes Amid Worker Strike

JAMESTOWN – Instacart is trying to increase safety measures for its workers who are worried about Coronavirus.

The changes were a reaction to a nationwide strike on Monday.

The grocery delivery service says it will provide hand sanitizers to its full-service shoppers. They select groceries at stores and then deliver them.

Instacart also says it will make it easier for customers to set their own default tipping percentages. But, a nonprofit behind the strike says those concessions aren’t enough.

The gig workers collective says it wants shoppers to get additional safety items and hazard pay.

It’s also demanding a default tip of 10 percent and an extra five dollars an order.

Demand is surging for Instacart deliveries as people try to avoid leaving home. The company is trying to hire another 300-thousand shoppers.


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