Europe

France : According to the criminal chamber of the French Court of Cassation, the offence of concealed work is not constituted for Click and Walk contributors

On 5 April 2022, the Criminal Division of the Court of Cassation overturned the decision of the Douai Court of Appeal of 10 February 2020, which had held that the company should have declared its contributors as employees. The Court considers that the company does not have the power, during the execution of the assignment, […]

France : The Court of Cassation censures the Court of Appeal's decision to reclassify a contract of employment

In a decision published on 13 April 2022, the social chamber of the Court of Cassation censured an appeal decision which had reclassified the contractual relationship between a VTC driver and the company Le Cab / Voxtur as an employment contract. The company Voxtur was placed in receivership in June 2020.On 31 January 2015, a […]

France : The criminal court of Paris fines Deliveroo 375,000 euros for concealed work

On Tuesday 19 April, the Paris criminal court fined Deliveroo France 375,000 euros and gave two former managers of the platform a suspended sentence of twelve months in prison for concealed work. The fine and the sentence are in line with the requisitions of the prosecutor and the civil parties (more than 100 Deliveroo riders). […]

SRDP – Union of Digital Platform Workers

The Digital Platform Workers Trade Union (SRDP in Croatian) was set up in September 2021 with SSSH’s help. The SRDP provides support to workers in platforms by organising training events, encouraging the exchange of best practices and fostering a political discussion on the wider aspects of work in platform companies. In Autumn 2021, the SRDP […]

Association of internet workers

The Association of Internet Workers was created in 2020 as a reaction to a Serbian Government’s notice requesting that all internet workers submit reports stating all income earned from 2015 on for taxation-related reasons. The notice implies that a person who had earned 500Eur per month over five years would have to pay at least […]

France : The social chamber of the Cour de cassation requalifies the partnership contract of an Uber driver as an employment contract

This decision is the second that the social chamber of the Court of Cassation has issued on the subject of platform workers, after the decision in the Take Eat Easy case (Soc., 28 November 2018, pourvoi n° 17-20.079). It rejects an appeal against a decision admitting a request for requalification. The judgment was strongly reasoned, […]

UK : Court of Appeal in England and Wales rejects Deliveroo delivery worker's claim for reclassification as a worker

Britain's Court of Appeal confirmed on Thursday that riders for food delivery firm Deliveroo were self-employed, dismissing a union appeal against past judgments on their status. The Independent Workers Union of Great Britain (IWGB) had applied to the Central Arbitration Committee (CAC) to be recognised by Deliveroo for collective bargaining in respect of a group […]

UK : Supreme Court rules that Uber drivers are entitled to workers rights

The UK supreme court has dismissed Uber’s appeal against the 2016 landmark employment tribunal ruling that its drivers should be classed as workers with access to the minimum wage and paid holidays. The court concluded that the drivers were workers because of Uber’s level of control over them, including setting fares and not informing them […]

Italy : Reclassification of Uber Eats, Deliveroo and Just Eat riders

Following a secret inquiry, the Milan Public Prosecutor's Office has established that the employment relationship of riders working for different digital platforms (Foodinho, Glovo, UberEats, JustEat and Deliveroo) cannot be considered as occasional independent work, but must be reclassified as hetero-organized collaboration. The Court gave the companies 90 days to hire 60,000 workers. In case […]

Italy : The Court of Bologna condemns Deliveroo’s algorithm for discrimination

On 31 December 2020, the Court of Bologna ruled in favour of the complaint brought by CGIL’s Bologna sections of FILCAMS, NIDIL and FILT. According to the complaint, Deliveroo’s algorithm, called Frank, discriminated workers and restricted their access to working slots following absences for strike, or for health or care reasons. The judge ruled completely […]
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Digital Platform Observatory

The digital platform observatory is a joint initiative of ETUC, IRES and ASTREES, funded by the European Commission. It brings together trade unionists, experts, activists, specialists of workers representation and collective action in the  platform economy.