11 Mar, 2021 @ 17:45
1 min read

HOME DELIVERY riders will become company employees in major law change announced by Spain’s government

Home Delivery Riders Will Become Company Employees In Major Law Change Announced By Spains Government

DELIVERY riders in Spain are be classified as employees of companies like Glovo and Deliveroo under government plans announced today(March 11).

Labour and Social Economy minister, Yolanda Diaz, said: “The new law would be part of modernising the labour market in Spain and would update legislation to make sure that workers’ rights are maintained in the new digital era.”

The proposed law, part of a big package of labour reforms, means that companies would have to hand over information over how their staff are assigned jobs and how their performance is assessed.

The plans brought an angry response earlier this month as over 2,000 riders took to the streets across Spain in protest against the changes.

Professional Association of Autonomous Riders spokesman, Jordi Mateo, said: “The Labour ministry has refused to talk to us and its a shame they are coming up with a law without consulting us.”

Mateo claimed that ‘70% of riders’ wanted to keep their current status, but with ‘improvements’.

On the other hand, Yolanda Diaz today described the law as ‘pioneering’ and forcing the disclosure of how digital systems work is ‘epic’ and would stop ‘algorithmic punishments’.

The government consulted with the country’s main business groups and trade union confederations in producing its labour reform package.

But the law, which is expected to hit the statute book later this year, was attacked by an association of digital platforms providing delivery services.

It said that the rule on disclosing algorithms is a measure which ‘undoubtedly will have a very negative effect on the development of the digital economy in Spain’.

It added that it was ‘an assault on the basic principle of business freedom’.

The law came about after a Supreme Court ruling last year in a case brought by a former Glovo rider which determined that delivery riders are employees.

Alex Trelinski

Alex worked for 30 years for the BBC as a presenter, producer and manager. He covered a variety of areas specialising in sport, news and politics. After moving to the Costa Blanca over a decade ago, he edited a newspaper for 5 years and worked on local radio.

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Busy Holiday Route Between Benidorm And L'albir To Get Cycleway And Pavements On Spain's Costa Blanca
Previous Story

Busy Costa Blanca holiday route in Spain to get cycleway and pavements between Benidorm and L’Albir

Out Thursday Sur
Next Story

The new edition of Olive Press for Costa Blanca South is out now – here’s where to get your free copy

Latest from Lead

Go toTop

More From The Olive Press

An anti-tourism slogan at a demonstration in Barcelona on July 6, 2024

US tourists change their holiday plans in Spain after seeing anti-tourism protests and ‘feeling guilty’

THE recent wave of anti-tourism protests in Spain is beginning
2 bedroom Villa for sale in Corralejo with pool garage - € 560

2 bedroom Villa for sale in Corralejo with pool garage – € 560,000

Villa Corralejo, Fuerteventura   2 beds   2 baths €