New law plans to make delivery ‘riders’ permanent staff

Better conditions planned for riders

SPAIN’S Labour Ministry, trade unions and business associations have agreed to improve the rights of food delivery riders to make them permanent staff instead of self-employed.

The new law, which is yet to be finalised, will aim to improve working conditions for the riders, who currently complain of low salaries and long working hours, as well as having few proper labour rights.
This applies to delivery riders who work for companies such as Deliveroo, Glovo and Uber Easts, as well as other services delivering food. It could also be extended to deliveries of other products.
The regulations which have been agreed by the concerned parties will still need to be approved in parliament and may still need some time for a consensus to be reached. Unions Comisiones Obreras and Union General de Trabajadores, are pleased with this step forward to improve the status of the workers.
This decision to put proper rights in place for the riders was prompted by a decision in the Spanish Supreme Court in September last year, by which a rider employed by Glovo should be considered a member of staff and not self-employed.
Despite this seemingly good news, associations of delivery workers said that their opinion had not been taken into account and that not everybody was happy with the proposal as some would prefer to remain self-employed. This allows them to decide who they work for and when. They would like a meeting with Labour Minister Yolanda Diaz to discuss alternatives.


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Jennifer Leighfield

Jennifer Leighfield, born in Salisbury, UK; resident in Malaga, Spain since 1989. Degree in Translation and Interpreting in Spanish, French and English from Malaga University (2005), specialising in Crime, Forensic Medicine and Genetics. Published translations include three books by Richard Handscombe. Worked with Euro Weekly News since November 2006. Well-travelled throughout Spain and the rest of the world, fan of Harry Potter and most things ‘geek’.

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