Goodbye Foodora, hello unionization

 New union, who dis? Foodora may have left Canada, but couriers continue to pave the way for positive change. 

Foodora Canada couriers unionize

There’s never a good time to file for bankruptcy, but the middle of a pandemic has got to be one of the worst. The Berlin-based food delivery app, Foodora ceased all Canadian operations this May, leaving hundreds of workers without a job – and a bad taste in people's mouths.

April insolvency filings showed Foodora Canada owed nearly $5 million to restaurants and creditors… Yikes, with a capital ‘Y.’ Foodora Canada did release a statement saying that it will “provide additional recovery to employees and other creditors” – like an “I still love you” after a break up text. But since Foodora ghosted Canada, we’ve moved on to better things.

As of this week, the voting results of Toronto and Mississauga Foodora couriers unionization with the Canadian Union of Postal Workers were revealed (nine months later, but, hey, who’s counting?). The results showed that an astounding 88.8 per cent of (former) Foodora workers voted 'yes' for a union and thus became the first app-based workforce in Canada to achieve unionization. 

Foodora Canada may have left before this official announcement, but what these workers achieved is monumental and paves the way for other gig economy workers to gain fair compensation, protection and to form a union of their own. Take that Foodora.

Alexa play Britney Spears, “Stronger.”