After the UK the gig economy model is facing a second front in Italy.
After a labour tribunal in the UK ruled that Uber is an employer rather than an app, an Italian employer will rule on whether delivery cyclists are employees or not. Working for delivery companies such as Foodora as “freelancers,” bike riders in Italy and the UK work with no guaranteed hours, sick leave, and low pay.
Established in Italy in 2014, Foodora has a similar business model with the UK’s Deliveroo. The “freelancers” model has reduced regular employment in the sector.
Now a group of Italian drivers is demanding the status of employees, taking the Berlin-based Foodora to court. In Germany, the same company offers its employees sick day leave, holidays, and full insurance.