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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.