Court of Pamplona reclassifies 206 Glovo riders as employees

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The judgment of the Social Court No. 1 of Pamplona has ruled that between the digital labour platform Glovo and its delivery riders there is an employment relationship, and that they are not merely self-employed, as stated by the company.

The lawsuit was filed by 206 Glovo delivery workers and the trade union confederation CCOO.

The court has applied to the regional level a previous decision of the Spanish Supreme Court which concluded that Glovo "is not a mere intermediary in the contracting of services between businesses and delivery riders". The Court's decision can still be appealed by the company. However, the Labour Inspectorate has automatically registered the riders of Glovo in the General Regime of the Social Security and has required the company to pay the appropriate contributions. Likewise, the workers will be able to request the refund of the contributions of the self-employed regime, in addition to the rest of their rights.

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