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Half of Instacart’s drivers earn less than minimum wage, labor group claims

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As gig-based unicorns go public this year, they are haunted by protests from contract workers claiming that pay is deteriorating as startups groom financials for investors. Grocery-delivery startup Instacart–a pre-IPO company valued at close to $8 billion–has been in the spotlight since introducing a new pay model in late 2018.

Working Washington, a labor advocacy nonprofit in Washington State, has targeted Instacart as part of what has grown into a nationwide protest and nascent movement called Pay Up, aimed at changing the entire app-based gig economy. The goal: Ensure pay of at least $15 per hour–not counting tips, and after subtracting expenses like gas and the extra payroll taxes independent contractors pay. (Gig work companies like Instacart typically pay per assignment, not per hour.)

Related: Instacart offers drivers more flexibility on when and what........

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