Works Council Deliveroo Cologne, Germany

In November 2017, Deliveroo riders in Cologne indicated that they wanted to found a works council. Deliveroo’s management initially refused. However, with support of the German Food, Beverages and Catering Union (Gewerkschaft Nahrung-Genuss-Gaststätten, NGG), Deliveroo riders elected their first works council in Cologne on 16 February 2018.

Deliveroo announced it is letting its fixed-term contracts expire and will hire only self-employed freelancers, which led to a legal dispute for which no agreement has been reached. In a court ruling in December 2018 it was found that the provision of a fixed-term contract to one of the council members was not lawful (further information here). 

In August 2019, Deliveroo ceased its operation in Germany.


  • Initiative
  • Organising and representing workers
  • Germany
  • Employee organisation, Worker
  • Yes
  • transport
  • On-location platform-determined routine work
  • Deliveroo
  • representation, industrial relations, social dialogue
  • German
  • 2021
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