Coronavirus pushes Target's delivery platform workers to stage 'walkoff'

This comes days after Target announced plans to send all employees protective gear

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Despite Target's efforts to keep workers safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, contractors at the company-owned delivery service Shipt say "it's not nearly enough" and plan to walk off the job Tuesday

Some Shipt Shoppers, as the contractors are known, released a list of demands this week in a blog post on Medium after claiming the company has a lack of safeguards in place.

Organizers are demanding $5 of hazard pay per order, personal protective equipment or PPE, a "transparent pay structure" and for the company to expand its 14-day paid sick leave to include any worker regardless of a positive diagnosis. Currently, Shipt offers two weeks of paid leave for employees who have tested positive, organizers say.

"For the past several weeks, Shipt has been ignoring its Shoppers’ pleas for hazard pay, PPE, and denied 14 days of sick pay for those of us too sick to work," organizers wrote.

According to a Shipt blog post, the company is practicing social distancing with no-contact deliveries, or door drops-offs where workers will leave your order in a secure spot at your door.

Additionally, the company compensates shoppers with extra pay when circumstances make it more difficult to shop and when demand is high. Shoppers who shopped the most frequently last month to help those who can't shop for themselves will be rewarded with a monetary bonus and while Shipt does not charge members for canceled orders, the company compensates shoppers for these orders if they had started shopping.

Workers are also encouraged to contact the company directly about financial assistance

"We are so proud of our shopper community and how they’ve responded to the increase in demand and the opportunity to serve their communities," a Shipt spokesperson told FOX Business on Monday. "We are focused on supporting them during this time with health and safety precautions, protective equipment and financial assistance. Our shoppers have been delivering record volumes to our members, and they continue to schedule themselves to shop commensurate with what we’ve seen throughout the pandemic."

In fact, due to the unprecedented rise in demand for home delivery, the company is actively adding thousands of new "Shipt Shoppers" across the country.

Target did not respond to FOX Business' request for comment. The retailer acquired the online same-day delivery platform, which uses an extensive network of personal shoppers to fulfill orders, in 2017.

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The planned protest comes just days after Target said it would supply all employees in stores and distribution centers with face masks and gloves within the next two weeks to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus. The plans cover Shipt contractors.

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The company also promised to pay at least $5 per canceled order, according to the Medium blog post. However, organizers said that payment is still a cut of at least 50 percent from previous payouts that averaged from $10 to $20, and were as high as $30.

They are still planning to walk off "until demands are met."

Additionally, the blog post calls on customers to boycott with them on April 10.

An earlier version of this story has been updated to include comment from Shipt. 

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