The morning delivery personnel of Helsingin Sanomat, Finland’s largest daily newspaper, have been classed as independent contractors, who pay for their own pensions, insurances and equipment, even though they work for Early Bird, the delivery company owned by Helsingin Sanomat. In the past, the delivery personnel were regularly employed. There have been problems in the morning delivery, as many workers have quit, because of the bad working conditions.
From the start of
the campaign, we have argued that this is not only about food couriers,
but about a wider attempt to worsen working conditions through freelance
contracts, which shift more and more risks to the employees. The
newspaper morning delivery is but one example.
committee notes that clear legal rules concerning the platform economy
are needed. Now de facto employers may circumvent legal obligations of
employers. More so, the committee notes that the definition of
employment could be expanded to cover
those who now work as freelancers dependent on the platform companies
and that they should receive the same rights and responsibilities as
those employed with traditional contracts.
As couriers who work in different situations as employees, self-employed and “fake freelancers” for platform companies, we welcome the statement by the committee. We hope that decision makers take the advice of the committee and that companies like Foodora and Wolt begin negotiations with their workers.
Foodora couriers want to be respected and given their basic working rights without fear of pay cuts and worsening conditions. This starts with recognising that couriers are #workersNOTdeliverypartners!
Foodora couriers want to be respected and given their basic working rights without fear of pay cuts and worsening conditions. This starts with recognising that couriers are #workersNOTdeliverypartners !