Friday, January 21

Just Eat signs with the unions the first agreement of working conditions of ‘riders’ in Spain


First collective agreement on the working conditions of the so-called riders in Spain. Just Eat this Friday signed the pact with the CCOO and UGT unions after more than “a year and a half of negotiation,” the parties explained at a press conference this morning. It is the first agreement of its kind in Spain and one of the pioneers also in Europe, with few references and in any case less detailed. The agreement includes key conditions for the company’s distributors, such as a reference salary of “15,200 euros per year”, reported Patrik Bergareche, CEO of Just Eat in Spain.

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The collective agreement will be applied from now on for the distributors hired directly by the company, a number that is unknown and that Bergareche has encrypted in “thousands”. Also those that could be derived from temporary employment agencies, temporary employment agencies. The multinational uses a mixed model of distributors, with some hired directly by the company since last year and the rest depend on third-party subcontractors or the restaurants for which they deliver.

Salary of 8.5 euros per hour and the mobile is set by the company

Among the most outstanding conditions that have been explained in the press conference, Patrik Bergareche has mentioned the salary of 15,200 euros per year. In CCOO they have pointed out that the base salary reference will be “8.5 euros gross per hour”, to which the bonuses will be added, explained Chema Martínez, leader of the union’s services federation. “The conditions regulated here are better than those of other modern food company agreements,” Martínez added. In case of working on holidays, the hour will be paid twice.

In addition, the agreement regulates 30 calendar days of vacation, of which 15 must be taken between June and August, a maximum working day of nine hours a day, a weekly rest of two uninterrupted days and an important change regarding practices in the sector of face to the provision of the material means. According to union representatives, the company is the one that in principle will provide workers with media, such as mobile phones. “You will not work with private mobiles, thus protecting the privacy of the worker,” the CCOO representative highlighted.

In exceptional cases in which the worker puts his means, such as the motorcycle, the agreement provides supplements that compensate for this expense, they have indicated at the press conference. It also regulates the protection of workers against occupational risks and the protection of private insurance for accidents that may occur.

The collective agreement also includes the right of information of the representatives of the staff about the algorithms that Just Eat uses in relation to working conditions. Bergareche recalled that this obligation is included in the Rider Law and that it seems to him “out of the box.” “I do not understand that a worker is asked to carry out his activity without explaining how the performance of his work will be measured,” he considered. In the unions they have considered essential to create this “shared space of transparency”, which however they have specified that now it will have to be specified.

A “historical” reference for a sectoral agreement

The company and the unions have highlighted that the agreement signed this Friday is a “historic step” in the food delivery sector that uses digital platforms. After years of court battle that has concluded that the riders of companies such as Glovo, Deliveroo and Uber Eats were false self-employed and the approval of the Rider Law in Spain that declares the employment of these workers, now is the time to comply with that framework and regulate working conditions. Europe is also making progress in this area, with the recent proposal for a directive from Brussels that is committed to employing and protecting workers on digital platforms.

In this sense, the company, CCOO and UGT consider that the agreement is a good “reference” for a future collective agreement for the entire sector in Spain. From the multinational, Patrik Bergareche has emphasized that the collective agreement “combines elements of social protection and, on the other hand, regulates labor relations in a tremendously dynamic and volatile environment in which it is difficult to predict demand at times, and allows operating “.

In the unions, they have highlighted this agreement as proof of the compatibility of labor rights with growth and competitiveness in the sector, which they question from companies that do not want to hire their employees. riders and they use fake freelancers. “We have forged by fire the commitment to spread that precariousness of the sector”, highlighted Álvaro Vicioso, secretary of Union Action and Communication of the FeSMC-UGT.



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