Most food drivers hired as staff: MOL

RECORDS AND INTERVIEWS: Inspectors found that of the 45,129 people working for delivery platforms such as Uber Eats and Foodpanda, only 1,363 are contractors

Taipei Times
Date: Oct 31, 2019
By: Shelley Shan  /  Staff reporter

The majority of food-delivery personnel are hired as employees, rather than contractors, the Ministry

Minzu Road Police Station Director Lin Chien-min, second right, of the Changhua County Police Department’s Changhua Precinct, gives a food delivery courier a card with a list of traffic safety tips during a public information activity on Friday last week.
Photo: Tang Shih-ming, Taipei Times

of Labor (MOL) said yesterday.

The ministry said that the findings of a labor inspection conducted by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, contradicted claims by food-delivery platform operators that their workers are contractors and not employees, so they are not obligated to follow the rules in the Labor Standards Act (勞動基準法) and Labor Inspection Act (勞動檢查法).

The inspection focused on people working for Foodpanda, Lalamove, Cutaway, Quickpick, Deliveroo, Uber Eats, YoWoo Food Delivery, Foodomo and JKO Delivery, administration Director Tsou Tzu-lien (鄒子廉) said, adding that Honestbee and Foodtoall have ceased operations.

Inspections were carried out by randomly selecting five or more delivery workers from each of the nine existing platform operators and asking them about their work relationship with their platform.

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