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App-Based Jobs Emerge as Battleground for Workplace Safety in Georgia

By Human Rights Watch
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Click to expand Image Bolt Food couriers protest in Tbilisi, Georgia, on March 24, 2021    © Shota Kincha/OC Media The Covid-19 pandemic has spurred a boom in food delivery services in Georgia, where the streets are packed with mopeds carrying branded boxes for companies like Glovo or Bolt Food. These app-based employers offer a seductive pitch for would-be couriers, especially in a time of high unemployment: flexible hours and plenty of work. But things soured quickly. Since January, in Georgia’s capital Tbilisi, there have been two strikes by couriers working for Glovo and Bolt Food.…

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