By Ellson Quismorio
Grab Philippines is forcing its driver-partners to work under slave-like conditions, Puwersa ng Bayaning Atleta (PBA) Party-List Rep. Jericho Nograles said yesterday.
Nograles said the sad stories related by Grab driver-partners in their day-to-day struggle to make ends meet has revealed how the transport network company (TNC) has been manipulating its drivers to work humanly impossible periods to rake in profit.
“Grab is incentivizing modern-day slavery. While Grab executives like Brian Cu are splurging on things like joining a R35-million per share golf country club, their driver-partners hardly earn enough to be able to afford three square meals a day and keep up with the amortization cost of their vehicles,” he said.
“With no financial and health risk, Grab is making a lot money while the drivers who are working in in slave-like conditions are left without any protection. To me, this is immoral and this is utterly wrong. This has to stop now and put Grab to the place where it really belongs,” said Nograles.