The government has won a case against Deliveroo, the bicycle food-delivery company. The Social Security department objected to all the riders at the company working as self-employed when, it claimed, they were carrying out work exclusively for that company.
The Social Security argued that Deliveroo was avoiding an obligation to pay company social security contributions by not taking on the riders as its own employees.
This case is considered important because of its scale. Government investigators analysed the contractual status of 532 riders who were giving their services in Madrid between October 2015 and June 2017 and they asked for 1.2 million euros in unpaid contributions from the firm.
The judge said that the riders were obliged to follow Deliveroo procedures and therefore couldn't be considered self-employed.