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Deliveroo Asks Irish Government To Modernise Employment Legislation

Food delivery company Deliveroo has asked the Irish Government to modernise Irish employment legislation, proposing a “Charter for Secure and Flexible Work” for self-employed contractors working in the on-demand economy.

The group said such a move would allow on-demand companies to offer self-contractors additional benefits without risking their self-employed status.

Deliveroo’s current set up means that its riders are self-employed, and they often say that they value flexibility above all else.

‘Should Deliveroo offer riders benefits, under the current law there would be a risk that riders would be reclassified as employees and would lose the very flexibility they value,’ the company said in a statement.

Flexibility & Security

Michael Healy, general manager of Deliveroo Ireland said that it simply wants to give its riders “both the flexibility they tell us they want and the additional security they deserve”.

“The Charter model, which is being pursued by the French Government, would be an innovative and bold way of enabling companies to offer self-employed contractors more security, as well as giving greater certainty to those who work in the on-demand economy,” Healy explained.

“We hope the Irish Government will work with companies such as Deliveroo to ensure that employment law keeps pace with new ways of working which are bringing new opportunities for so many.”

Such a move is already being implemented in France by President Emmanuel Macron’s Government, through Article 20 of the Mobility Bill.

© 2019 Checkout – your source for the latest Irish retail news. Article by Aidan O’Sullivan. Click sign-up to subscribe to Checkout.

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