Strange demonstration with a “racialized” look, this September 12, in the French capital, the national media evoking “protesters, all Africans”, even though the subject of the discontent had no direct link with a news from their continent . Equally strange, the deliberate highlighting of undocumented migrants who usually try to blend into the background. Also strange, from the point of view of the administratively square Parisian bobo, this collective complaint of fraudsters assumed with identity papers. Strange world, finally, that the one promoted et promised by the “uberization” of society, to the rhythm of a trompe l’oeil refrain: “be your own boss”…
Meal deliverers via the American platform Uber Eats, many of the demonstrators of the day – 500 according to the organizers, 350 according to the police – admit having registered as a service provider with identity papers that do not belong to them. The practice of subletting identities or accounts is well known, Caucasians having the reputation of not being able to distinguish one Black from another, in a photo, and the deregulation going hand in hand with the disempowerment of each link in the process. But companies like Uber are under pressure, between the French tax authorities who do not like approximation and less digitized delivery people who denounce unfair competition, via the erosion of social rights.
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After signing a “charter” with the French government, the American company commissioned an “external service provider” to audit 60,000 delivery accounts. 2,500 profiles were considered suspected fraudulent and therefore suspended « brutally”, according to the demonstrators on Monday. The latter denounce a “hypocrisy”, with regard to a practice which not only seemed tolerated – “social fragility” is one of the sources of hiring in these modern companies -, but also allowed French society to do not pitch during confinement and its strict rules of individual supply.
To extend the happening at the start of the week, a group of more than 700 delivery people was created on the instant messaging service Telegram, to continue to demand the reinstatement, even the regularization of the banned couriers. For its part, Uber Eats tries to reassure that there is a possibility of appeal, 3.8% of disconnected accounts having already been reactivated. As picky as Uber is, it certainly closely monitors the pace of deliveries which, by nature and particularly on food products, operate in a just-in-time fashion. And while the company sees couriers as interchangeable, the “Goliath” of fast delivery still needs a well-stocked anthill from “David” to of them wheels…