The government of Spain, along with trade unions and employers’ organizations, has agreed to introduce into labor legislation home delivery drivers from platforms such as Deliveroo And UberEats considered salaries, which is unprecedented so far in Europe, this Thursday the Minister of Labor announced.
“They are already salaried workers who will enjoy all protection,” Yolanda Diaz said at a press conference. She congratulated herself on the fact that Spain was “the first country in the European Union to initiate this matter.”
This measure will regulate the status of those distributors on motorcycles or bicycles, whose number has doubled in recent years and who have on numerous occasions denounced the danger they suffer in Spain.
The text agreed upon between government, unions and employers “recognizes the presumption of employment for workers who provide paid distribution services through companies that manage this work through computational management of service or working conditions, through a digital platform,” the Ministry of Labor said in a statement.
“I have said many times that the worker who wanders our streets on a bike with a request was not a businessman,” Diaz stressed.
“These people, the primary workers during the epidemic, have sacrificed their lives for us,” he said.
The minister added that “thousands of workers will be employees and will enjoy all rights,” and companies will submit quotations to them “and they will have the entire chain of social protection that they do not have today.”
The text also provides for unions to be informed of “the rules that contain algorithms and artificial intelligence systems that could affect the working conditions governing the platforms.”
In particular, delivery unions have criticized opacity of the algorithms that create worker profiles and set working hours based on them.
The left-wing government is based on a Spanish Supreme Court ruling in September that recognized a business relationship between a delivery operator and Spain’s Glovo, after years of litigation between delivery men and the platforms.
The companies will have three months to get the order. Currently no European country has similar legislation.
Delivery drivers are self-employed in Italy, the United Kingdom and France, the last country where Just Eat recently announced it hired 4,500 delivery drivers on an indefinite contract.
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