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Just Eat Intends To Stop Using Gig Workers In Europe

By Dave Simpson

Food delivery firm Just Eat intends to stop using gig workers in Europe.

Just Eat CEO Jitse Groen stated that he wants to employ people who get benefits and have job security.

As reported by The Irish Times, Groen told the BBC, "We're a large multinational company with quite a lot of money and we want to insure our people.

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"We want to be certain they do have benefits, that we do pay taxes on those workers.

"Just Eat's core proposition is to connect customers with our restaurant partners, offering the widest possible choice. Just Eat is predominantly a marketplace, which means in the majority of cases, the couriers who deliver customers’ food to the door are engaged or employed by independent restaurants. We use delivery to complement our core marketplace model, enabling us to give customers the greatest choice."

Workers In Ireland

According to The Irish Times, in response to being asked how this could affect Just Eat delivery workers in Ireland, Just Eat said, "In Ireland, we currently directly engage self-employed independent contractors to support our restaurant partners. Our approach is constantly under review, and we will adapt and change to meet the needs of our restaurant partners, customers and our business while at all times ensuring that the couriers that support us are treated fairly and work safely. This includes exploring how the employment model which is already widely used by our merger partner, Takeaway.com, could work for our business here in Ireland."

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