The Government had promised consequences for Glovo for skipping the Rider Law, and these consequences have already arrived. This Monday, the Social Security and Labor Inspection notified Glovo a set of fines for violating the Rider Law which reaches 78.9 million euros. This is the first sanction against a digital platform for violating this legislation.
As EL ESPAÑOL-Invertia has learned, the fines and sanctions have been imposed after carrying out inspection actions on Glovo both in Barcelona and Valencia. Between both locations, the inspectors found 8,331 and 2,231 delivery men, respectively, who worked for the digital platform in a situation of false self-employment. Namely, 10,614 false self-employed total.
To determine these findings, the inspectors carried out a set of actions that involved, among others, the conducting interviews with the company and with the workersas well as the examination of all types of documentation with importance for the verification of compliance with labor and social security regulations.
It is not an intermediary
It has been proven that the company is not a mere intermediary in the contracting of services between businesses and delivery people, but rather provides delivery and courier services, setting the essential conditions for the provision of said service. “It is found that in the relationship between the company and the delivery people the notes of dependency and alienation typical of the employment relationship concur”, collect the minutes of the Labor and Social Security Inspection.
The information, advanced by Cadena Ser, has been confirmed by Yolanda Diaz, Second Vice President of the Government and responsible for Labor. “The weight of the Law is going to fall on this company as the Inspection has already fallen”, she affirmed, before the plenary session of the Congress of Deputies.
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“We are not going to stop, the Law is going to be fulfilled“, added Díaz, who recalled that Glovo has “obstructed the work of the Labor Inspection”.
These fines, if Glovo does not rectify, may be the tip of the iceberg, since they correspond only to two Spanish cities. The Labor Inspection has not yet closed, for example, the investigation that corresponds to Madrid.
It should be remembered that Glovo has been defying the government for months. After the approval of the Rider Lawannounced that he had found a formula to continue working with freelancers without violating the law.
In fact, this had led to other digital delivery platforms such as Uber Eats announced their intention, this August, to recover their operations with the self-employed.
It should be remembered that months ago, the Government agreed with Delivery Herothe company that has just acquired Glovo, that the delivery platform would have to comply with labor legislation as a condition to authorize the operation.
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