Gojek donates 25% of senior management pay to drivers
Indonesian ride hailing and delivery company Gojek has announced it will cut 25% of its senior management pay to help its drivers through these challenging times amidst the COVID-19 outbreak.
Indonesia declared a state of emergency in the country last week, with tourist attractions and entertainment venues being closed. Strict limits on the operational hours and passenger capacity of public transport were also implemented.
This has caused a plunge in passenger numbers which has affected the income of more than 1.7 million drivers across Indonesia who earn around US$300 a month.
In a bid to help its drivers in this time of need, the company will be donating a quarter of its senior management’s salary to the Gojek Partner Support Fund, and with the consent of its full-time employees, cut all budgeted salary increases for the year. Gojek employees and partners were also encouraged to make voluntary donations to the fund.
“Transportation has seen big drops in numbers with no one going to school or working at the office. Activities on the road have declined considerably,” Gojek co-CEO Andre Soelistyo was quoted in The Jakarta Post.
“Drivers and merchants are selfless heroes. They work so we can stay at home, giving support for our daily activities. We opened the opportunity for Gojek employees to contribute. The support has been great. Everyone is supportive. They see this as fitting since the life and growth of Gojek as a company really depend on the success of our partners,” he added.