Government official working a shift as Meituan courier is featured in new Communist Party documentary
A video showing a Beijing official working a 12-hour shift as a Meituan employee has gone viral on Chinese social media.
The two-minute clip, shared by the Beijing Municipal Human Resources and Social Security Bureau's official Weibo account on Wednesday, featured the deputy director of the bureau's labor relations division, Wang Lin, working as a Meituan food delivery driver in the Chinese capital.
As he attempted to reach his goal of earning 100 yuan ($15.5) in the run-up to the Labor Day holidays, Wang Lin made less than half of the expected income after 12 hours on the job.
Seating exhausted on the curb as his shift ended at 9 p.m., Wang said to the camera, "This money is just too hard to earn."
Wang's experience attracted attention on the Internet, and soon two food delivery giants, Ele me and Meituan, issued official responses, saying they had phased out penalties per order and would continue to make efforts to improve employee's working conditions.
In its official response, Ele.me said it will increase investment this year to increase the scope and strength of work guarantees for drivers.
It also said to have corrected the fixed time evaluation rate so the driver can focus on driving safely and not on delivering before the deadline pre-determined by the company.
The system has also been changed to a monthly work performance evaluation and not a one-by-one delivery assessment that would result in more penalties.