“Our advertising campaign simply puts certified facts about the company in the public domain,” says Uber spokesperson Nixon. “Uber supports a strong and enforceable directive that ensures platform workers maintain the independence they want and receive the protections they deserve, such as minimum wage, holiday and sick pay.”
Uber’s Hilarious Stand-Up Comedy Routine: Certified Facts or Fiction?
What’s at stake for Uber with the new rules is the employment classification of its Uber drivers and UberEats couriers. “Classification is the entry point into the whole range of protections, everything from protection against unfair dismissal, through to sick leave, through to parental or maternity leave, through to discrimination protection,” says Jeremias Adams-Prassl, a law professor at the University of Oxford. “That’s why you can also see the attraction of misclassifying workers. If you misclassify individuals, you can try to avoid all of those obligations.”
EU Officials Divided Over How To Classify Platform Workers
Officials are divided about how platform workers should be classified. Many MEPs favor rules that would presume all platform workers are employees—unless platforms can prove otherwise. But some representatives of EU member states sitting in European Council prefer a system where workers first have to prove they meet a number of criteria before they can challenge their employment status. That’s because member states worry that if rules are too strict, platforms would respond by shrinking their workforce.
Ludovic Voet Confirms: Some Countries Don’t Want Their Stats Messed Up!
Ludovic Voet confirms this concern saying “Some countries don’t want to confront a business model that might push people out of employment statistics.” Four months after Spain introduced its rider’s law which mandated delivery couriers should be considered staff Deliveroo closed its operations entirely in Spain.
Platform Workers Struggle With Enforcement Of New Rules
Platform workers worry that member states would struggle to enforce whatever new rules EU passes. Standing in rain in Brussels Peeters explains he has worked for UberEats past six years but new Belgium rules haven’t changed anything for him except rent prices going up while his [employment] status has stayed same.
Nixon says “In Belgium we provide all independent drivers and couriers with free injury sickness paternity cover.” In Spain riders law has been criticized for being ineffective.
Corredor claims “The biggest company there Glovo is not fulfilling this law for years with total impunity” The point was also force platforms classify more workers as employees instead Glovo tweaked many work terms so could still be classified as independent.
Felix Eggert spokesperson for Glovo responds “We are confident our operating model meets regulatory requirements.”
For Corredor this battle goes beyond rights it’s about fighting for basic rights like minimum wage maximum working hours existing rest economy claiming platforms using innovation technology discourse take these rights away.
So what will happen next? Only time will tell whether these companies will comply with regulations or continue their hilarious comedy routine! Stay tuned folks!