Deliveroo's Proposal To Offer Self-Employed Workers Sick Pay Reportedly Rejected

By Donna Ahern
Deliveroo's Proposal To Offer Self-Employed Workers Sick Pay Reportedly Rejected

The Irish government has reportedly turned down Deliveroo's proposal to give its self-employed contractors additional benefits such as insurance or sick pay.

According to The Sunday Business Post, the state has rejected Deliveroo's proposal, which was submitted on August 13 of this year.

In the submission made to the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection, the company proposed that the government develop an innovative charter for secure and flexible work for self-employed contractors working in the on-demand economy.

The food delivery firm said that such a move would allow on-demand companies to offer self-contractors additional benefits without risking their self-employed status.

Deliveroo’s current set up means that its riders are self-employed, and they often say that they value flexibility above all else, the group explained.


Michael Healy, general manager of Deliveroo Ireland, said that the company simply wanted to give its riders "both the flexibility they tell us they want and the additional security they deserve."

Mobility Bill

A similar policy response is already being pursued by the French government through Article 20 of the Mobility Bill, the company said.

Healy said that the charter model ID enacted "would be an innovative and bold way of enabling companies offer self-employed contractors more security, as well as giving greater certainty to those who work in the on-demand economy."

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