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BEIJING (Reuters) – China's delivery platform companies, including Meituan and Alibaba (NYSE:) & # 39; s Ele.me recently attended a meeting with government regulators to improve safety and labor rights for delivery workers.

Grocery delivery platforms, which are in the limelight due to China's regulatory reforms, have received heavy criticism on social media for their treatment of delivery workers, most of whom are not covered by basic social security and health insurance.

Officials from the Ministry of Public Security and the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security attended the meeting, according to a Saturday communication from the also-present Ministry of Emergency Management on WeChat.

According to the meeting, companies should strengthen the protection of safety and workers' rights and not set performance indicators that harm the health of workers.

Alibaba Group, its supermarket operator Hema Xiansheng, Dada Nexus Ltd and other companies also attended the meeting and reported on their efforts to improve safety and labor rights.

Investors believe that a big change is underway in China as the government aggressively pursues reforms aimed at easing pressure on the cost of living at the expense of businesses, which is causing turmoil in stock markets.

A series of reforms announced by the Chinese market regulator in July prompted food delivery platforms in China to guarantee their workers an income above the minimum wage, insurance and easing of delivery times.

Investors worry about the rising costs of hiring drivers through the platforms, Reuters had previously reported.

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