For the first time a court in Madrid has recognised that a food delivery cyclist is not self-employed, as had been claimed, and instead did enough work for an employer to count as having a fixed contractual relationship.
The delivery cyclist worked for Glovo, a Spanish version of the food delivery networks that have sprung up using smartphone apps in recent years. However the sentence, which went against the company, is in contrast to another recent ruling which found in favour of Glovo, saying that the delivery person was self-employed.
If the deliverers are self-employed, or 'autónomos', they are responsible for paying their social security contributions and taxes, saving the company money compared to if they were contracted employees.
The latest case arose when a cyclist stopped work with other deliverers in a dispute and was sacked by Glovo without compensation.