Niklas Östberg (Delivery Hero , Glovo ), Will Shu (Deliveroo), Markus Villig (Bolt), Dara Khosrowshahi (Uber) and Miki Kuusi (Wolt), signed a letter “How the EU can best serve platform workers” criticizing the future European rider law.
The main argument is that the new regulation offers a rigid labor model and, therefore, ends the flexibility that its workers value so much.
““…While employment brings more social protections, it also brings rigidity in working patterns and loss of control. For people offering their services on platforms, flexibility and control have always been the primary attractions and we have long advocated for rules that provide couriers with the benefits and protections they deserve alongside the independence they want…” the CEOs point out in their letter!
“The solution lies in protecting the flexibility of genuine self-employment while encouraging measures that improve working conditions in a manner that is compatible with on-demand work.,” they add.
“However, the platform work directive focuses almost exclusively on who is an employee and who is not and does little to improve the rights of the self-employed. Ministers should take the time to get this right and not sacrifice the chance to improve the situation for the sake of a quick agreement.”, they continue.
“The European Union has a once in a generation opportunity to create a progressive self-employment framework where platform workers enjoy the flexibility they want and the social protections they deserve. We urge them to take it.” conclude the top leaders of Delivery Hero, Uber and company.
Jitse Groen, CEO of the Just Eat Takeaway.com , has been the only manager of one of the main companies in the sector who has not signed the letter. Just Eat has shown itself in the past in favor of a regulation that advocates employment , to the detriment of the self-employed model.
Brussels has spent 2 years debating what to do with the platform economy and its workers . The future rider law does not only affect the distributors of these companies, but also VTC drivers or domestic workers who also work for platforms with similar work models.
According to data from the European Commission, it is estimated that once the European rider law comes into force , around 5 million people who would be working as false self-employed workers would automatically become employees.
And the battle continues…
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