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

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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


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


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