Food delivery app Zomato has again made headlines as its executives in Howrah went on an indefinite strike protesting against delievering beef and pork contending that doing so hurts their religious sentiments.
Amid slogans of ‘Zomato ki dadagiri nahi chalegi’ (Zomato’s bullying is unacceptable), one of the protestors told ANI that the company is not paying heed to their grievances and is forcing them to deliver beef and pork against their will.
“The company is not listening to our demands and forcing us to deliver beef and pork against our will. Hindus have a problem is delivering beef while Muslims do not want to deliver pork. Our Hindu friends are having a problem in delivering beef and they are refusing to do so. We have heard that in few days we will have to deliver pork, which we have also refused to do; & not ready to deliver such things on any condition. We are forced to deliver such things. The company has also rolled back our payout. We have been on strike for a week now,” a protestor, Mausin Akhtar claimed.
On behalf of other protestors; he demanded that the company immediately stop the delivery of beef and pork and also sought a revision of their salaries.
“They (the company) is playing with our religious sentiments. The company is also threatening us. The company asks us to deliver any kind of order to the customer. We, the Hindus, were ask to deliver beef while in coming days our Muslims brothers will be asked to deliver pork. This is not acceptable. We demand company not to play with our religious sentiments and our payouts also should also be revised;” another employee said.
Meanwhile, reacting on the same, Minister for Irrigation in the West Bengal government; Rajib Banerjee said that the organisation should not force any person to go against their religion.
“The organisation should not force any person to go against their religion. It is wrong. Now that I have received information in this regard, I will look into it the matter,” Banerjee said.
However, Zomato is yet to react in the matter.
A few days back, Zomato was in the news after a customer decline to receive an order which was being delivere by a non-Hindu rider. Reacting on the same, the company supported its employees.