Contradictory court rulings on the status of Deliveroo workers in the Netherlands

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    Abstract

    On January 15th, 2019, two verdicts were issued regarding Deliveroo workers in the Netherlands. One was on the classification of Deliveroo riders as employees, and the second on the application of the collective agreement “Road transport and haulage by road” on meal delivery by Deliveroo riders. Both cases were commenced by Federatie Nederlandse Vakbeweging (FNV), the largest trade union in the Netherlands. The verdict on the employment status is especially important, because half of a year earlier, the same court ruled in a case commenced by one individual Deliveroo rider that he in fact was an independent contractor and not an employee. Why do courts in comparable situations come to such contradictory rulings?
    Original languageEnglish
    TypeBrief essay
    Media of outputWebsite
    PublisherIllinois College of Law
    Number of pages5
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2019

    Publication series

    NameComparative Labor Law & Policy Journal - Dispatch
    PublisherIllinois College of Law
    No.17

    Keywords

    • employment contract
    • platform economy
    • Court rulings
    • Classification
    • power relations

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