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Sun Jun 13, 2021, 10:49 AM

Gorilla tactics: Berlin delivery riders take on $1B startup

Source: AP

By FRANK JORDANS

BERLIN (AP) — Dozens of workers gathered outside of one of Berlin’s most-celebrated startups, the grocery delivery company Gorillas, to protest the firing hours earlier of a colleague.

“We want Santiago back!” the young riders chanted last week, threatening to blockade one of the company’s inner-city warehouses with their bikes unless he was reinstated.

The wildcat strike on a balmy June evening was unusual even by Germany’s strong tradition of labor rights, highlighting growing tensions in the capital’s freewheeling startup scene.

“We came here to show our solidarity, to support our friend,” said Zeynep, a Gorillas rider who declined to give her last name for fear of facing repercussions from the company. “We want this decision to be reversed as soon as possible.”



Zeynep, left, a Gorillas rider from Turkey who declined to give her last name for fear of facing repercussions from the company, blocks with other workers the entrance of a depot for German startup Gorillas, a grocery delivery company, to protest the firing of a colleague in Berlin, Germany, Thursday, June 10, 2021. The company Gorillas operates in dozens of cities across Germany, France, Italy, the Netherlands and Britain, and has already set its sights on New York. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)


Read more: https://apnews.com/article/berlin-europe-health-coronavirus-pandemic-business-b3ededadd4d5b5260013c56a723e2594



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Reply Gorilla tactics: Berlin delivery riders take on $1B startup (Original post)
Omaha Steve Jun 2021 OP
Scrivener7 Jun 2021 #1
KS Toronado Jun 2021 #2
abqtommy Jun 2021 #3
Scrivener7 Jun 2021 #4
BobTheSubgenius Jun 2021 #6
Scrivener7 Jun 2021 #7
BobTheSubgenius Jun 2021 #8
Midnight Writer Jun 2021 #5

Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sun Jun 13, 2021, 10:53 AM

1. Why is the sign in English?

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Response to Scrivener7 (Reply #1)

Sun Jun 13, 2021, 11:23 AM

2. Was wondering that also

Did a Google search of the image and they're all in English. Only language the boss knows?

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Response to Scrivener7 (Reply #1)

Sun Jun 13, 2021, 01:51 PM

3. I see that a lot in the international news. It's so that we English-only speakers/readers will

get the message.

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Response to abqtommy (Reply #3)

Sun Jun 13, 2021, 01:59 PM

4. In this case, why would they want English-only speakers to get the message?

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Response to Scrivener7 (Reply #4)

Sun Jun 13, 2021, 03:57 PM

6. English is by far the most ubiquitous language on the planet.

If people speak two languages or more, the second language of the vast majority will be English. This way, a German protest is understood in countries where German speakers are far less common than English speakers.

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Response to BobTheSubgenius (Reply #6)

Sun Jun 13, 2021, 04:04 PM

7. But the issue here is a very local one. They want their colleague re-hired who was fired

earlier in the day.

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Response to Scrivener7 (Reply #7)

Sun Jun 13, 2021, 05:29 PM

8. Yes, I understand.

My feeling is that they are hoping to get support from among the many other locations of Gorilla. It's just an idea - obviously, I have no way of knowing.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sun Jun 13, 2021, 02:17 PM

5. Nice to see working folks stand up for one another.

Wish we would see more of that on this side of the pond.

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