Europe Stiffening Regulations for Delivery companies

Delivery companies recently created new economies in both Europe and the world. It is a particular platform that connects the employer and the potential employee and is characterized by quite flexible conditions. Regardless of its definition, the same scope is carried by well-known taxis, catering, and other similar services.

Companies look for employees that will serve their customers with the help of apps. To some extent, this economy is also built on freelance specifics, because the employee has a schedule he wants, and the salary, therefore, depends on the work.

However, because the industry has been characterized by discriminatory attitudes in several cases during these years, the number of lawsuits against them in Europe has been increasing, initiated by various trade unions. Because of their business model, which promises to pay employees more in exchange for fewer rights, such companies have spent quite a lot of time in court.

According to the European Commission, a new bill is being prepared, which will regulate the business relationship between the employee and the employer on such a platform. If the bill is approved by the commission, the new regulation will affect up to 4 million people employed in the industry.

Until now, companies like Uber, Bolt, Ola, Deliveroo, and Glovo have classified couriers as self-employed. However, in February 2021, a UK court decided on one of the lawsuits considering the interests of the couriers. The court approved the enactment of minimum wage and leave leverage for employees. It’s interesting what kind of impact will this precedent of the British court have and what will be the response to this in other European countries.