A former Alibaba driver set fire to himself amid growing concerns about Chinese labor laws – Business Insider – Business Insider

A former Alibaba driver set fire to himself amid growing concerns about Chinese labor laws – Business Insider – Business Insider

  • A delivery driver set himself on fire following a pay dispute with a partner of Alibaba subsidiary Ele.me, The Financial Times reported Tuesday.
  • “I want my blood and sweat money back,” driver Liu Jin said in videos of the incident.
  • He now has medical bills of more than 1 million yuan ($150,000).
  • In December, a 22-year-old Chinese tech worker died. Her death was widely attributed to the “996” work culture that dominates the industry.
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A former Alibaba driver set himself alight after getting into a pay dispute with a company owned by the Chinese retail and tech giant, The Financial Times reported Tuesday.

China’s labor laws are increasingly being scrutinized. Delivery workers in the country are exposed to poor working conditions, according to the workers’ rights group the China Labor Bulletin, including informal employment, no job security or social insurance, and “abusive management practices.” And the payment delivery drivers received per order has fallen, the group said.

In videos shared on social media, delivery driver Liu Jin set fire to himself in Taizhou, eastern China.

This followed a pay dispute with a local driver partner of Alibaba’s food delivery platform Ele.me, sources familiar with the situation told The Financial Times, after he resigned from his job to join rival food-delivery service Meituan.

“I want my blood and sweat money back,” Liu said in the videos, per the publication.

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