Just Eat fails to make Ireland drivers employees

Amidst financial turmoil and job cuts at Just Eat, its Ireland based business has signalled no immediate plans to make its riders employees despite its promise in 2020 to do so.

Parent company Just Eat Takeaway said that it would move its riders over to full employment contracts across Europe in 2020, as against the self-employed contractor model used by most of its rivals.

The company has changed its rider contracts over to full employment in other countries but has yet to do so in Ireland.

“Just Eat is still working with contractors at the moment,” a spokeswoman for the company said.

The company does “not have a timeline available” for any changes, she added.

The news comes as Just Eat looks to make cuts to costs and rationalises its business across Europe as investors grow tired of pumping money into the company to keep it afloat.
“The strategic restructuring will consist of redundancies of staff in the Paris office and changes in the operations of our delivery business,” the company said.

Though Just Eat is making redundancies in other countries such as France, the firm has promised to add 160 jobs to its Ireland business.

When asked on the matter of its plans in Ireland, the Just Eat spokeswoman said, “On the 160 jobs, that’s still the case. A lot of these positions have already been filled with our new customer service team based in the Dublin office on Shelbourne Road,” she said.

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