On the occasion of the World Day for Decent Work, riders and drivers of online platforms, such as Uber, met today in front of the European Commission.
Among them also Takeaway and Deliveroo drivers who denounce an unsustainable business model without sickness or paid vacations. In Europe there are about 24 million so-called “platform workers” or riders and drivers linked to online apps. The European Commission has begun consulting with unions and employers to propose a new law by the end of the year. “We would like to have a social security worthy of the name – denounces Driss Liazidi de la Fuente, rider of Takeaway, during the demonstration in Brussels – we would like to be protected when we drive, especially in case of accident. We would like to be protected exactly like all other workers. We ask for decent wages, I work for Takeaway and I’m paid by the hour but those who work for other companies are paid by delivery, with unworthy figures like 5 euros. On average we do two to four kilometers, this is unacceptable”. The unions are against this form of false self-employment. Some countries have already passed laws in this regard as Spain where companies are obliged to regularize their workers. In France, Italy and the Netherlands there have been rulings in favor of riders and drivers. Now the European trade unionists gathered in the Etuc federation want the European Commission to make it clear once and for all that Uber riders and drivers are employees, without inventing new ways in between.