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Uber Eats fulfills its threat and announces that it will return to the self-employed model days after the anniversary of the Rider Law

Uber Eats has made good on its threat to the Ministry of Labor. The multinational home delivery company has sent an email this Monday to former riders of the platform in which it communicates that they will be able to “make deliveries as a freelancer”, as has verified and has advance reason.

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A few days after the first anniversary of the so-called Rider Law, which the Government approved to avoid the false self-employed model that prevailed in the ‘delivery’ sector, Uber Eats joins Glovo ignoring the labor mandate of the new regulation (as well as the multiple court convictions) and announces that it will return to the self-employed model “after the summer”.

Uber Eats denounced months ago, in March, that Glovo breached the Rider Law by distributing with freelancers. In a letter to the second vice president and Minister of Labor, Yolanda Díaz, the company demanded that it take measures since the yellow backpack company was hindering fair competition in the sector.

Fulfills his threat to Labor

In that letter to Yolanda Díaz, Uber Eats already threatened to return to the self-employed model if there were no changes in this regard. “We helplessly see how the government has failed to enforce the Rider Law. And how the disadvantaged situation of all the companies that do comply with it gets worse every day. Faced with this situation, we all ask ourselves the same question: Should we follow Glovo’s example and work with freelancers to be able to compete on equal terms?

From the AUR association, which defends the model of riders Self-employed despite the regulation, celebrate the passage of Uber Eats, explains its spokesman, Fernando Roán.

Sources from the company explain that the company is currently in the “test” phase, checking how much demand the return to the self-employed model would have, since with the labor they only kept “26%” of their former delivery men. According to Uber Eats, at the moment the multinational is in a “pilot” phase to resume an autonomy model, on which the application date has not yet been closed, to questions from this medium.

“Given the evidence that the majority of delivery people in Spain want to work as self-employed, we are exploring a new model that allows them to do so while complying with current regulations. In any case, we will continue to offer the option of working with our collaborating fleets”, which have labor contracts through subcontracting with third-party companies, they point out in Uber Eats.

“New features”

Finally, a few days before the anniversary of the entry into force of the Rider Law, this Friday, August 12, Uber Eats has complied with its notice and is taking steps to return to the self-employed model “after the summer”, as has communicated to former delivery men.

As Glovo already did with the approval of the Rider Law, Uber Eats also announces changes in its self-employed model, compared to the one they had before the regulation. A step that seems to try to avoid being accused of using false freelancers again, since Uber Eats was also sanctioned for this reason in the past by the labor authority.

“We have worked on new features so that you can go back to delivering independently,” the company tells one of its couriers. Sources from Uber Eats indicate that “the new model we are working on would give delivery drivers full control over their work, including the ability to set the price of their own fares.”

Glovo also announced an “unprecedented” self-employed model with the entry into force of the Rider Law. The previous one, after years of sanctions from the Labor Inspection and numerous convictions in different courts, was invalidated by the Supreme Court. From the unions they denounced Glovo again for abusing the figure of the false self-employed with this new model, but the investigations against the multinational started again from scratch: with the Labor Inspection. The labor authority reinvestigated the multinational, but at the moment it is not known that it has concluded its actions.