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Delivery Hero’s Glovo Fined $78M By Spain Regulator

 |  September 21, 2022

Spain has fined Delivery Hero’s local business Glovo 79 million euros ($78 million) for allegedly violating labour laws, its labour minister Yolanda Diaz said on Wednesday.

Glovo said it would appeal the decision, in which the labour ministry alleged it had failed to contribute to social security and make other payments from 2018 to 2021 as it did not hire its delivery riders under formal contracts.

“(Glovo) has violated fundamental labour rights and they have obstructed the work of the investigation. For this reason, action has been taken against this company,” Diaz told reporters, adding “We will make them comply with the law”.

Glovo said that it had fully collaborated with the labour ministry investigation, which it said took place before a new law came into force.

“During the inspection period, Glovo asked to expand and provide its evidence, reflections and assessments as well as different documentation, which was rejected by the labour inspection,” it said in a statement.

In May 2021, Spain passed one of Europe’s first laws relating to gig-economy workers’ rights, requiring riders for food delivery platforms be made employees on formal labour contracts. This came into effect in August that year.

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