deliveroo wins court battle on riders' status in belgium
Deliveroo riders lost their case for greater labour rights in a Belgian court.

Deliveroo riders in Belgium cannot be requalified as employees with contracts heaping social security and tax obligations on the company, a Belgian court ruled on Wednesday.

The takeaway platform immediately hailed the result as “a victory”, although the judgment related to a small minority of riders working as independent contractors.

“The labour relationship linking Deliveroo to the 115 riders… cannot be requalified as an employment contract,” the court said.

“It’s a victory from a legal standpoint for Deliveroo. It’s also one for the riders who made the conscious choice to work as independent contractors with the flexibility they desire,” a spokesman for Deliveroo’s Belgian subsidiary, Rodolphe Van Nuffel, told AFP.

CSC, a union covering around 30 of the riders, said it was “surprising” the court did not find there was a legal employer-employee relationship.

“This ruling doesn’t favour anyone, and certainly not the riders who wanted to benefit from the rights of other workers, such as social security or workers’ accident insurance with real coverage,” a union representative, Martin Willems, told AFP.

He said only 15 percent of Deliveroo riders in Belgium work under independent contractor status, while the rest are under a “collaborative economy” category for those who make money from sharing activities proposed by platforms.

The latter category, introduced in 2016, allows people to engage in the gig economy by providing occasional small services to top up their other revenues, but offers no social security coverage.

The court had to weigh two statuses, those of salaried employee or independent contractor, but those categories were “not applicable” to services offered by online platforms, Willems said.

He said it was “urgent” that the Belgian government clear up that inconsistency.

The Belgian judgment was delivered ahead of a proposal the European Commission is to present on Thursday setting out criteria to determine whether a worker in Europe using Uber, Bolt or Deliveroo should be considered an employee of the platform or not.

The criteria reportedly concern pay levels, demands on appearance such as uniforms, and restrictions on a worker’s ability to refuse jobs.

If sufficient boxes are ticked, platforms could no longer argue they are exclusively tech platforms and would be forced to operate like bricks-and-mortar firms with labour laws to obey.

© 2021 AFP

Citation: Deliveroo wins court battle on riders’ status in Belgium (2021, December 8) retrieved 8 December 2021 from https://techxplore.com/news/2021-12-deliveroo-court-riders-status-belgium.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.

TECH NEWS RELATED

Safari 15 bug leaks browsing activity on iPhone, iPad, and Mac devices

We could all do a better job of keeping our online accounts and private data secure. Unfortunately, there’s only so much that we can do when the software we use leaves us vulnerable to major threats. For example, last Friday, the fraud prevention service FingerprintJS detailed a bug in ...

View more: Safari 15 bug leaks browsing activity on iPhone, iPad, and Mac devices

Can NFTs be art? Wikipedia isn’t sure — and crypto bros are terrified

It's an "art emergency," apparently

View more: Can NFTs be art? Wikipedia isn’t sure — and crypto bros are terrified

The mid-2012 13-inch MacBook Pro will soon be listed as vintage

Source: Joseph Keller/iMore What you need to know Apple has marked the mid-2012 13-inch MacBook Pro as vintage. Vintage products become so after they were manufactured more than five years ago. If you own a 2012 MacBook Pro now might be a good time to treat yourself to one of ...

View more: The mid-2012 13-inch MacBook Pro will soon be listed as vintage

Work towards a lucrative career in the blockchain, DevOps or Google cloud computing for $26

Turbocharge your tech career by taking it into highly in-demand specializations with the training you can do in your own home, even if working full-time.

View more: Work towards a lucrative career in the blockchain, DevOps or Google cloud computing for $26

Useful Tools That Can Help Improve The Way Your Business Works

(Photo : Matthew Henry via Unsplash) Technology has come a long way and there are now many tools that are available to help improve the way your business works. From project management tools to time tracking software, there is an app or program out there that can help make ...

View more: Useful Tools That Can Help Improve The Way Your Business Works

Microsoft’s wins, fails, and WTF moments of 2021

Microsoft launched Windows 11 in 2021, and the world will never be the same again.

View more: Microsoft’s wins, fails, and WTF moments of 2021

Walmart is calling dibs on the virtual shopping experience, files trademarks

Walmart has applied to trademark terms like "Verse to Home," "Verse to Curb," and "Verse to Store."

View more: Walmart is calling dibs on the virtual shopping experience, files trademarks

Motorola Frontier: Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 and 200MP camera are Motorola’s bets to conquer the market

Motorola kickstarted 2022 with the Motorola Edge X30. Not exactly 2022 as the device was released in early December to get the crown of “world’s first smartphone with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1”. However, any flagship from December shouldn’t be considered a smartphone for that particular year. That said, ...

View more: Motorola Frontier: Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 and 200MP camera are Motorola’s bets to conquer the market

Open Banking:Is It the Right Option for Your Traditional Financial Organization?

You can safely ignore Web3

Best video rigs for iPhone 2022

Pokémon Unite medals: What do the medals mean?

Lawsuit against Amazon expected in connection with tornado that left 6 dead at Illinois warehouse

Activision fired dozens over harassment allegations: WSJ

Fibril activity may be key to a better understanding of foot-and-mouth disease

Researchers explore ways to make hatchery steelhead more like wild fish

A 'chemical cocktail' of sewage, slurry and plastic is polluting English rivers

IoT in 2022: IoT turns into a service

The 10 best new Microsoft Teams meeting features

Best Nintendo Switch Lite Grips 2022

OTHER TECH NEWS

;