On the day the European Commission launched a consultation to understand how to improve the “protection of platform workers”, the Milan prosecutor’s office announced in a press conference on Wednesday – where the Ken Loach movie Sorry We Missed You was quoted – that food delivery companies Uber Eats, Glovo-Foodinho, Deliveroo and Just Eat are to hire 60,000 riders with a collaboration contract within the next three months.
While most riders are currently tied to these companies by occasional self-employment contracts, the riders are doing work comparable to that of employees because they are fully integrated into the firms’ daily organisation and are coordinated remotely, according to the prosecutor.
The prosecutor’s office – which listened to over a thousand riders across Italy – also warned companies they would have to pay fines amounting to €733 million for workplace safety violations if they fail to hire the workers within the next three months.
Italy’s largest trade union, CGIL, called the prosecutors’ move “great news,” saying delivery workers need to be protected by a national work contract. (Daniele Lettig | EURACTIV.it)