“No permanent contracts, we want to remain independent,” the riders against the trade union bill

Permanent contract? no thanks. The prospect of a permanent seat doesn’t seem to make all passengers happy. At least in Spain, where the government has reached an agreement with trade unions and employers to pass a law that should, on paper, improve the rights of food workers in household platforms (and generally deliveries) such as DeliverooAnd the Glovo The Uber Eats. One of the central points of the draft would be one that would ensure that the messengers, through intermediaries, had the status of “permanent employees” rather than the self-employed. An aspect with that does not seem to be found All enthusiastic riders: The associations that represent the bulk of the delivery workers do not trust middlemen and prefer to obtain more guarantees, but they continue to work for their own account, until they are free to decide who and when they work.

As mentioned Euractive, The legal initiative was prompted by a recent decision by the Spanish Supreme Court that ruled on September 29, 2020, that Glovo’s delivery clerk should be considered an employee, not a freelance worker. The two main Spanish unions, Workers’ committees (Cc) and General Trade Union (General Union of Workers), welcomed the change in “mentality”, realizing that unstable workers should benefit from better working conditions. However, Secretary-General of Cc.Oo Unai Sordo proposed a change not only in the legislation on food delivery workers, and called for the initiative to be expanded to include workers recruited from all digital platforms. However, according to reports from the Spanish financial newspaper, Cinco Dias, it is very likely that changes to current labor legislation will be limited to food delivery workers only.

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The proposal did not find all delivery workers in agreement. Some They want to continue treating them as self-employed workers, and remain free to decide who and when they work: “It is a law that bears our name, but, as it may seem, don’t believe, the government negotiates without taking us into account and without hearing us,” complain Aar and Apra, who are both The largest Spanish association of delivery workers. In fact, passenger unions are complaining that the brokerage firms set by law (which will be hired for an indefinite period) are not a guarantee of improved working conditions and wages: a finger is pointed at the position of some delivery workers at Just Eat, who already have a contract of this nature.

Harold Manning

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