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Spain fines delivery app Glovo €79 million for violating labour laws

A Glovo food delivery courier stands next to Sol square in Madrid.
A Glovo food delivery courier stands next to Sol square in Madrid. Copyright AP Photo/Manu Fernandez, File
Copyright AP Photo/Manu Fernandez, File
By Euronews with AP, AFP
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The Spanish government says Glovo's couriers were illegally classified as self-employed instead of contracted employees.

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The food delivery company Glovo has been fined nearly €80 million by Spain's government for violating labour laws.

The Spanish company was found to have mistreated more than 10,000 regular riders as self-employed workers instead of staff employees.

Under a 2021 law, app-based food delivery platforms operating in Spain must make their riders full employees.

“We are talking about workers who are actually not self-employed, and so the full weight of the law will fall on the company,” said Spanish Labour Minister Yolanda Díaz.

"The weight of the law will fall on this company," Díaz told reporters on Wednesday.

A fine of almost €79 million was imposed on Glovo after trade unions called for an investigation.

In a statement, Glovo announced that it was appealing against the "unilateral resolution" and claims the case dates before Spain amended its labour laws in August 2021.

The European Union is currently preparing new regulations that would strengthen the rights of workers on digital platforms, such as Glovo, Uber, and Deliveroo.

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