Glovo will continue to operate with autonomous distributors despite the new Rider Law. Of course, with a new system that he has devised with the advice of several law firms. The multinational has announced this Wednesday its new work model to adjust to the legislation approved against false freelancers on these digital platforms, which deploys its effects on August 12. The company will employ only 2,000 delivery men, but the bulk will continue to distribute with self-employed contracts, they explain from Glovo.
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The multinational has unveiled its new strategy this afternoon with statements to various media from its general director in Spain and Portugal, Diego Nouet. The company currently has between 9,000 and 11,000 freelancers, company sources explain to elDiario.es, so the announcement of the hiring of 2,000 couriers working until the end of the year represents a minority of its fleets of couriers.
most of riders will continue to distribute with Glovo through commercial contracts, as freelancers, but with changes in the conditions with respect to the currently existing system. This has been invalidated by the Labor Inspectorate and by several courts, including the Supreme, for using false freelancers.
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"We are going to launch a new, unprecedented model in Spain, which follows the criteria established by the Supreme Court and the Court of Justice of the European Union," the company says in a statement. "This new model will have new features and will allow other applications and activities to be combined with total flexibility, autonomy and independence," the note continues.
Glovo sources indicate that among the innovations incorporated in the new self-employed contracts are the elimination of time slots and that couriers participate in the setting of prices of orders.
In the design of the new self-employed model, Glovo explains that it has had the advice of several law firm firms so that it complies with the law. They are Roca Junyent and Sagardoy Abogados, the latter who defends Deliveroo and Uber Eats in their cases in court for using false freelancers, as well as the benchmark law firm of the Catalan multinational, Oleart Abogados.
It will be necessary to see if the changes that Glovo applies to the relations with its autonomous messengers comply with the law, since the Supreme Court dismantled the model used so far in a historic sentence last September. The magistrates of the high court concluded that Glovo "is not a mere intermediary" but rather "performs a task of coordinating and organizing the service."
Although the initial idea involves hiring those 2,000 couriers so far this year, Glovo recognizes that they will adjust their model over time and according to the needs they encounter. The company works with "more than 30,000 restaurants and establishments" in "almost 400 cities" and hopes that the service will not be altered.
Couriers hired by the labor force will have "fixed schedules and remuneration and specific routes for those services that, by their nature, are technologically and operationally viable," the company indicates.