Labor agrees to the ‘Rider Law’: “they will enjoy all the rights that salaried workers have”

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The delivery men who work for companies such as Glovo, Deliveroo or Uber Eats will be workers who “will enjoy all the rights that workers have in the field of salaried relationships, will be quoted by them and will have n the entire chain of social protection that today they do not have “, as Yolanda DÃaz explained at a press conference.

“We are incorporating a new labor reality into the Workers’ Statute,” reported the minister, who acknowledges that they do so “simply because they were socially and legally unprotected.” “What we say is obvious: they are work personnel.”

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Thus, riders will enter through an additional provision, 23, in the Workers’ Statute, an inclusion of a declarative nature. “His life is going to change radically,” said Diaz, who also left the door open to “new incorporations.”

With regard to algorithms, the minister announced that “a modification will be carried out in article 64 of the workers’ statute,” informed DÃaz, “in which it will be an obligation of information regarding the use of the mathematical or algorithmic form that affects the employment relationship “and not only of the delivery men, but of any of the tasks of the digital platforms.

Complaints from riders and employers

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Different associations of riders expressed their disagreement and demonstrated in front of the Ministry of Labor. Thus, RepartidoresUnidos.org and APRA regretted that the fact that the law was agreed without the presence of the distributors “is inadmissible and a shame.” Gustavo Gaviria, spokesman for the first association recalled that they sent up to seven requests for a meeting “and no one has listened to us.”

Meanwhile, Jordi Mateo, president of APRA, acknowledged that “we are angry, disappointed and feel ignored” by what in his opinion is not the Rider Law, but the “Anti Rider Law”.

For its part, the Association of Platforms for On-Demand Services (APS) -which includes Deliveroo, Stuart, Glovo and Uber Eats- regrets “deeply” what they consider a transfer of the CEOE to the Ministry of Labor. “The CEOE transfers have been total, including the obligation to disclose the algorithms, a measure that would undoubtedly have a very negative effect on the development of the digital economy in Spain in addition to violating the most basic principles of the freedom of company and industrial property “, they explain in a press release.

Likewise, they consider that other European countries do approve “regulations that support the digital economy with greater protections for autonomous delivery drivers”. However, they believe that Spain “seems to go in the opposite direction” and, in this way, endangers “a sector” that contributes 700 million to the national GDP.

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