Spanish Court rules Deliveroo drivers are employees not self-employed

Author: Ana Garcia Valdivia, Forbes, Published on: 26 August 2019

Spanish riders have won an important battle this summer to clarify their labor relationship with digital platforms. Two courts in Madrid and Valencia have ruled that Deliveroo riders are subjected to an employment relationship with the British company giving the reason to the Spanish Ministry of Labor. 

At the end of July, a Court of Madrid ruled that the 537 Deliveroo riders working in the Spanish capital between October 2015 and June 2017 were employees operating under a false appearance of self-employed. A month before, a Court of Valencia also recognized the "labor relationship" of the 97 Deliveroo riders in the city in 2017. The food delivery company has been condemned to pay the Social Security fees of each rider during the corresponding period. 

Deliveroo has already appealed both rulings since they believe that "the sentences do not reflect the way riders collaborate with the company." However, the victory may set an example for future judicial proceedings regarding riders’ rights. So, both trials have a strong symbolism for the group...

Deliveroo [...] insisted that the company “collaborates with autonomous riders” in a modality that “allows them to have the flexibility and control they want." According to Deliveroo, “as freelancers, riders can choose whether they want to work or not, as well as when and how long.” ...

Deliveroo claims that it “has continuously advocated for a legal reform that allows companies to offer autonomous riders more security, without compromising flexibility.”

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