Thursday 20 June 2019

Deliveroo challenged again over self employed delivery workers

Trade union FNV is taking meal delivery service Deliveroo to court for paying its delivery staff as if they are self employed while in fact they work for the British company, according to broadcaster NOS.

Delivery workers earn too little as self employed riders and Deliveroo is using a fake self-employment set-up to get round giving them proper jobs, FNV spokesman Willem Dijkhuizen told NOS.

Since February, Deliveroo’s 1,750 delivery workers in the Netherlands have become freelancers which, the company says, means they will be able to keep more of their earnings.

Riders are now paid per delivery rather than per hour and now earn, on average, more than €13.50 an hour, the company said in a letter to delivery workers.

But the Riders Union, set up by disgruntled couriers, says that because delivery staff now have to pay for insurance, they actually earn less. In addition, because they only get paid per delivery, they  have an uncertain income.

‘Deliveroo’s riders have the right to a pay deal and a decent income,’ Dijkhuizen said. ‘We are going to court because the company won’t listen.’

This is not the only court case facing Deliveroo.

Student Sytze Ferwerda, who is being backed by the Labour party, has raised enough money via crowdfunding to pay for a lawyer to challenge the Deliveroo’s new contracts. ‘I am a student, I’m not a little company,’ Ferwerda told RTL last year.


In London, judges on Friday overruled a ruling that riders should be treated as self-employed, the Daily Mail reported.

An independent workers union went to the high court to overturn an earlier ruling which confirmed the ‘self-employed’ status of those working for the delivery firm.

A full appeal hearing will now take place later this year. has been free for 12 years, but now we are asking our readers to help. Your donation will enable us to keep providing you with fair and accurate news and features about all things Dutch.
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