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Article

1 Mar 2018

Author:
UNI Global Union

Netherlands: Govt launches investigation into self-employment contracts used by co's like Uber & Deliveroo following strike action

"Success for Deliveroo riders in the Netherlands as strike action forces investigation", 9 February 2018

After several weeks of strike action... [t]he Dutch government has launched a full-scale investigation in to one of the dark sides of the gig economy - the strategy of employing workers on bogus self-employment contracts despite working full time for a company like Uber or Deliveroo. The investigation comes after Deliveroo’s move to replace all employees on legitimate contracts with “self-employed” workers.

Until now, the Dutch government had been passive, but this action has spurred an examination of the gig economy’s labour conduct. Where applicable, it will enforce the law in the case of bogus self-employment...

UNI Global Union [...] warned business leaders at Davos about the dangers of bogus self-employment and misclassification of workers. Referring to a Dutch Deliveroo worker on strike, Jennings delivered the reality of the new world of work to Davos in a session on the gig economy. Jennings read a letter from a disenfranchised Deliveroo worker, relating the difficult experiences of platform workers to a visibly moved audience of top executives.