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In order to escape regulations that would force them to identify them as workers and weaken their business model, Uber and Delibro are seeking to negotiate deals with their drivers and envoys in Europe.
The Wall Street Journal notes that European gig firms, who are already under pressure to grant employees fundamental rights, expect to negotiate a workplace arrangement that will give their drivers and couriers some incentives but not make them staff.
Uber and Deliveroo are seeking to negotiate settlements with employers and unions with the help of Amazon (the owners), in the hope of resisting regulations that would force them to identify couriers as workers, a step that could weaken their business model. After many court rulings across Europe against the designation of drivers and couriers as independent, the latest attempts are taking place.
According to the businesses, identifying workers as staff would add to usage expenses, decrease the independence of employees in deciding working hours, and eventually contribute to their firing. According to Uber, in spite of the court decision in Geneva, only 300 couriers were given contracts, which resulted in the loss of their jobs for a thousand drivers.
Companies are now seeking to revive a work deal negotiated with a small union in Italy in September in which a consortium of companies, including Uber and Delibro, have pledged themselves to a joint agreement including the provision of machinery, benefits and salaries of EUR 10 per hour. Remunerated or vacation days.
After the Italian government threatened to enforce restrictions on the industry, the agreement signed extends to all drivers and envoys in the region. Uber and Delibro emphasized that in other European countries, including France and Spain, they hope to negotiate similar agreements, even if the business unions argue that the arrangement offers workers poorer conditions than if they were defined as employees.
The next battleground for businesses in Europe is in Spain, where the government hopes to pass a new law in the coming weeks that will control the problem of gig economy in the region. In addition to incentives for working in harsh weather, Delibro and Uber say they are able to give employees in Spain an arrangement under which they can earn minimum wage rates. However, additional basic terms, such as paid sick days, are not included in the deal. Delibo has made it clear that it aims to strengthen the security of the rights of workers in Spain and in other countries, but without jeopardizing their flexibility in their jobs.
This position of the firms is currently sponsored by some drivers. Bader Idna Khalili, President of the Autonomous Drivers’ Association, said, “We want to work as independent contractors and enjoy the flexibility to work as many hours as we want,”
Some claim, on the other hand, that businesses make a false option between versatility and jobs. Danny Gutierrez, a spokesperson for the Drivers for Rights Group, said, “Companies want the Italian model because it is more convenient for them than for employees,” They say they offer versatility, but where and when they don’t work, workers can’t really pick. We work where they allow us to work, because there is a huge gap between the two.
According to Valerio Del Stefano, professor of labour law at the University of KU Leuven in Belgium, a number of European countries have regulations defending constitutionally organized employees that could hurt attempts to establish a new category of independent contractors. He further noted that it is also predicted that future European regulations would have an impact on the gig economy in the US. “If all of Europe treats drivers and couriers in American companies as employees, it will be difficult for US lawmakers not to intervene,” he explained.