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Gig economy workers call for improved labour conditions following Deliveroo's sudden exit from Germany

"Deliveroo’s German exit prompts worker outrage", 18 August 2019

Wojtek Świeca was startled when he received an email from Deliveroo on Monday notifying him [...] that it would pull out of the German market as of Friday...

Deliveroo's sudden departure has brought renewed focus on the circumstances of the workers it hires, most of whom qualify as self-employed and not full-time employees. They argue they get few of the protections afforded other segments of the economy, like health insurance and severance pay.

“[Deliveroo’s] employment model — we call it ‘bogus self-employment,’ they call it ‘freelancers’ — only has disadvantages for workers,” said Christoph Schink from Germany's Food, Beverages and Catering Union NGG...

The EU passed a law in April that guarantees minimum rights for workers in "casual or short-term" employment, specifically mentioning platforms like Uber and Deliveroo.

But platforms are increasing their influence too. The French lower house in June passed a law that does not classify workers for digital platforms as employees, allowing the platforms not to offer benefits like sick leave and paid holiday. In Spain, the courts ruled the other way, classifying Deliveroo's workers as employees...

"At the moment there is a trade-off between flexibility and security in employment law, where employees have little flexibility but more protection, and the self-employed can work flexibly but with less protection," Deliveroo had said in a statement... [also refers to Just Eat, Takeaway.com]