On Singles' Day in China, its couriers are restless

Online sales boom has not trickled down to the couriers, known as kuaidi

Parcels piled up near a conveyor belt at e-commerce firm JD.com’s smart logistics centre in Beijing on Singles’ Day on Wednesday. The courier strikes now, when the pandemic has left many other low-income workers unemployed, underscore both their dissatisfaction and their desperation. PHOTO: REUTERS

(NEW YORK TIMES) - Post-pandemic China was supposed to be good for Fang Guobao. As lockdowns loosened and online shopping soared, Mr Fang, a package courier in the eastern city of Nanjing, was delivering about 250 parcels a day, up from 200 before the pandemic.

Then his pay cheques stopped. His boss asked for more time twice. Then she stopped answering her phone.

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