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Gorillas: The startup delivery company with blurred power structures



Landecker Fellow Yonatan Miller was recently cited in an article by Morgan Meaker in WIRED Magazine. The piece, titled “Europe went bananas for Gorillas. Then its workers rose up,” digs into the delivery app and its unfavorable working conditions.

Gorillas is a grocery delivery online application founded in May 2020. In its launch, the app promised to be on a mission to “rethink a broken business model.” However, since its start up, employees have protested regarding missing salaries and injuries caused by heavy loads during rides. Since 2021, riders have protested outside of the company’s offices and warehouse fighting for their labour rights.

According to Yonatan, “in a family of flat hierarchies, there’s no clear relation between a boss and a worker.” For him, Gorillas blurred power structures make it difficult to understand those responsible for sick pays and similar issues.

Read more about the delivery service app on this WIRED page.

Yonatan is one of thirty 2021-2022 Landecker Democracy Fellows. This fellowship, a collaboration between the Alfred Landecker Foundation and Humanity in Action, was created to strengthen a new generation of leaders whose approaches to political and social challenges can become catalysts for democratic placemaking and community building. Read more about the fellowship here.