Riders’ Union Netherlands

In the Netherlands, food delivery riders affiliated to the food delivery platform Deliveroo set up an action group and tried to mobilise riders of similar platforms (Foodora, Uber Eats, Thuisbezorgd).

Among their main activities are protest marches organised during late 2017 against riders’ forced self-employment as per February 2018, as well as two strikes in January 2018, in which the Riders’ Union has been supported by the Dutch trade union FNV.

Since 2017, FNV has expanded and professionalised the organisation. Its activities include:

  • Collective bargaining with employers.
  • Representing the interests of platform workers in social dialogue and talks with governments and policymakers.
  • Legal action.
  • Organising strikes and other actions to generate publicity around working conditions of platform workers.

All Deliveroo riders are eligible to join the FNV Riders Union. In addition, riders from other platforms, such as UberEats and Thuisbezorgd, can also join the union. In its activities, FNV Riders Union represents all riders collectively.

As of February 2022, FNV had initiated several lawsuits against platform companies, such as Deliveroo, Temper and Uber. In December 2021, FNV won a court case against Deliveroo. The judge ruled that Deliveroo riders are covered by the collective labor agreement for the transport of goods. The verdict comes after another appeal case ruled that the deliverers are employees and not freelancers.

Metadata

  • Initiative
  • Negotiation of working conditions, Organising and representing workers
  • Netherlands
  • Employee organisation, Worker
  • Yes
  • transport
  • On-location platform-determined routine work
  • Deliveroo, Temper, Thuisbezorgd/Takeaway, Uber Eats
  • representation, industrial relations, social dialogue
  • Dutch
  • FNV (Federatie Nederlandse Vakbonden, Federation Dutch Trade Unions) (Employee organisation)
  • 2021
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