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Foodora loses on appeal, delivery workers’ rights recognized – to a point

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13.01.2019

Report. A multinational corporation on trial: the six former delivery workers won the recognition of their rights under the Italian collective contract for the delivery sector. But they didn’t get their jobs back.

written by Maurizio Pagliassotti

Topic Gig economy

January 13, 2019

The initial appeals ruling in the so-called “Foodora trial” was partially overturned on Friday by the Court of Appeals of Turin.

In March, a court had rejected the initial appeal by five former delivery workers who had sued over their impromptu firing by Foodora, a decision taken by the company after the 2016 protests, where the workers had demanded fairer pay and recognition of legal status and benefits. The initial ruling said that the petitioners had not been employees of Foodora but had been self-employed, and that this allowed the multinational food distribution company to terminate the employment relationship with them at any time it chose.

On Friday, the higher-level appeals court overturned that ruling, explicitly arguing that the “riders” had a right to economic........

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