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Pattaya: Greedy Grab - riders protest that company is not paying them enough

 

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Picture: STV Pattaya

 

More than 100 Grab Food riders protested in South Pattaya yesterday that their company is not paying them enough.

 

They are threatening strike action in the resort if their demands for better pay are not met. 

 

They want changes to how much they are paid for each trip because at the moment they are not being paid enough to make use of their bikes viable. 

 

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Picture: STV Pattaya

 

Some had placards saying "Grab naa leuat" - direct Thai language that means 'Greedy Grab'. 

 

A spokesman said that some riders were making 1,000 baht before but changes meant they are now lucky to make 400 baht a day.

 

Narongsak Suksanguan said that as a bare minimum the fee for each trip needs to be raised from 30 to 35 or 40 baht. 

 

Previously an adjustment was made but it has proved not to be enough to satisfy the riders.

 

As more people return to going out to eat, riders are seeing their salaries plummet compared to the height of the pandemic lockdown when most everyone was eating at home, notes Thaivisa.

 

Source: STV Pattaya

 

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So let's see, they claim that some drivers were making up to 1,000 baht (per day) before "the changes". But ever since the Covid restrictions have been lifted, they are "only" making around 400.

Which is probably more than they were making before the covid restrictions, when people were doing then what they are doing now. Going out to eat or picking up food on the way home instead of having it delivered. There were probably even more drivers back then as well, meaning less work for each of them (averaged out).

(I'd suspect that when the covid restrictions kicked in, a lot of moto delivery/taxi guys ended up going "home" due to the lack of work here and in other major tourist centres. As there aren't as many tourists now and many places are still closed, a lot of the people who've gone home probably haven't returned yet.)

I mean, holey c.rap - one of my neighbours is a Grab driver. We have a 7-11 at the entrance to our "village", 300 meters from our homes, and I've seen him order stuff online (from 7-11) and have it delivered. 
You know, instead of just jumping on his moto and driving there and back.

It's like it's the standard business practise here, when demand is reduced, increase prices to try and gouge as much as you can from the remaining customers until they goes elsewhere and your business fails completely.

So they'll jack up the costs of having food delivered, which will result in less people having food delivered, which will result in even less work for those drivers, which will result in them (again) demanding more for their trips.

I'm guessing Grab isn't losing money, now, and probably wouldn't lose much even if they raised the per trip fee to 40 baht and didn't increase the cost to the customer, but at some point it could become unprofitable to keep doing so. Then all those drivers will have to try and get their old jobs back at (Food Panda/Lalalamove/MacDonalds/7-11/etc), which probably already have enough drivers.

Ah well, it's not like we don't have enough moto taxi drivers in the city as it is ! I've seen 2 or 3 street corners that didn't have a squad of them camped out at the ready. And with all the new developments that keep going up, there's sure to be a demand for more moto-taxi guys to sit around all day hoping to get 4-5 trips a day.

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400 Baht a day is a pitiful wage. 

 

1000 Baht a day isnt great either. 

 

So by what measure are they greedy? 

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11 minutes ago, hotandsticky said:

For delivery guys 400 Baht is acceptable - 1,000 Baht for skilled workers.... and maybe only in Bangkok.

if  <30,000 baht per month in Bangkok is "great"   how can they "all" afford to drive their  Fortunas and Benz's for a holiday to Pattaya every weekend..let alone pay for food,electric,water,mortgage  etc  during the week 🤔  😋

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1 minute ago, Deli said:

Did anyone here consider that they have to pay for the bike, gas, maintenance. The risk they have going through the traffic, unhappy customers if a bit late, crappy weather sometimes...  It's not a fun job. And Grab definitely is not doing this for charity. Happy to have these delivery guys around and I tip them well.

 

 

You make it sound so awful I am almost surprised.......... not........   that there is such a massive surplus of these guys.

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4 hours ago, geriatrickid said:

 

What is not mentioned is that clients/users have the option of tipping. In many countries, the drivers make their profit on the gratuity. Perhaps the Thais don't tip.

Judging from the grief that Americans get here on Thaivisa for bringing our horrible tipping culture here to Thailand...

 

“They’ll all start expecting tips!  You’re making Thailand more expensive for the rest of us!”
 

...I doubt most Farangs are tipping either.

 

Stingy bastards! 

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3 hours ago, Kerryd said:

I'm guessing Grab isn't losing money, now, and probably wouldn't lose much even if they raised the per trip fee to 40 baht and didn't increase the cost to the customer, but at some point it could become unprofitable to keep doing so. 

Grab is still losing money: https://southeastasiaglobe.com/will-grab-survive-covid19-singapore/

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