Self-employed workers on food delivery platform Deliveroo will have union representation for the first time, after the company and British union GMB announced this Thursday. A “Historic” Deal,
The so-called voluntary union agreement. will cover more than 90,000 delivery men who work for a British companyThose who will remain autonomous and manage their own hours, but at the same time have the right to collectively bargain for improvements in their wages and working conditions.
Under the deal, which the parties say could be the global benchmark for the on-demand service sector, GMB will be able to personally represent federally affiliated individual cyclists in disputes.
The agreement can serve as a basis for other distribution companies.
deal Admits that Deliveroo couriers work “on their own”Following a series of court decisions in the United Kingdom that have confirmed this position.
The text, a summary of which is published on the Deliveroo website, states that “Self-employed drivers who work with Deliveroo have the flexibility to determine when to work, where to log in, For how long, what orders to accept and decline and how to provide their services”.
Deliveroo is “one of many customers they can work with,” the text says, adding that the company is committed to paying minimum wage and offering sick pay, insurance, and space for union event activities.
The company and union note the benefits for workers who choose to do this type of work on demand via digital platforms and believe that their agreement will serve as the “foundation” for others in the face of an “appropriate” labor relations framework. ” Can do. century”.
“The deal is the first of its kind in the world,” GMB representative Mick Ricks said in a statement.
“Thousands of cyclists from one of the world’s largest online food delivery services will now be covered by a collective agreement that gives them a voice in wage negotiations, as well as guaranteed income and representation,” the company announced.
Ricks praises Deliveroo for “signing this unprecedented deal,” which will be “a model for those working in the platform freelancer sector.”
founder and CEO Of Deliveroo, Will Shoe noted that He has always defended that the delivery man has “both flexibility and security”.» in employment, which is guaranteed by this model agreement.
Deliveroo’s self-employed riders will have union representation