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Published: Sep 21, 2021 5 min read
A closeup of a hand with a smartphone showing the Instacart app icon with a delete sign on the top left corner
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If you've been getting grocery delivery during the pandemic, you may want to think twice before filling your cart this week: A group of Instacart workers is pushing millions of customers to delete the app in solidarity with its fight for better working conditions.

The nonprofit Gig Workers Collective announced the #DeleteInstacart boycott in a blog post Monday. In it, the organizers laid out five demands aimed at ending "Instacart’s long-standing practice of gig worker exploitation." Higher pay and better conditions for workers, most of them contractors called "shoppers," are chief among its requests.

"We are asking customers to delete the app today — because there is only one thing Instacart and its executives and investors care about: money," the advocates wrote. "And we ask that customers refrain from reinstalling the app unless and until Instacart rectifies the genuinely inequitable manner in which it treats its shoppers."