Court ruling: Federation of Dutch Trade Unions (FNV) against Deliveroo on collective agreement

In a dispute between the Federation of Dutch Trade Unions (FNV) against the food delivery company Deliveroo, a Dutch court ruled on 15 January 2019 that Deliveroo riders are covered by a collective agreement that FNV secured for workers who perform permit-based transport under the Road Transport of Goods Act. FNV argued that the delivery service of Deliveroo is an integral and inseparable part of the activities and revenue model of Deliveroo and not a secondary activity. In the view of FNV, meals are goods, delivery by bike, e-bike or scooter is transport by road and Deliveroo receives a fee for delivery, therefore fulfilling the requirements for the collective agreement to be applied. Deliveroo on the other hand argued that the company is not part of the Professional Goods Transport sector and therefore has no obligation to apply the collective agreement. 

ECLI:NL:RBAMS:2019:210 - Rechtbank Amsterdam, 15-01-2019 / 7044576 CV EXPL 18-14762


  • Deliveroo
  • transport
  • On-location platform-determined routine work
  • Netherlands
  • 2019
  • Court ruling
  • legal issues, representation, industrial relations, social dialogue
  • Dutch
  • Rechtbank Amsterdam (Judicial)
  • Open access
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