Deliveroo lobbied Irish government against proposals to give gig workers more rights

Company wrote to government minister arguing against new EU plans

In a joint letter with Gigable, Buymie and Bolt, Deliveroo said an EU directive on platform work could lead to ‘forced employment, reduction of work opportunities and reduced social mobility’. Picture: Getty

Deliveroo lobbied the Irish government against a forthcoming EU move to tighten the regulation of gig economy companies, according to a letter obtained by the Business Post.

The food delivery giant wrote to Damien English, Minister of State at the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment, in June.

It raised concerns over the European Commission proposals over the rights of platform workers, arguing that the plan “puts at risk genuine self-employment”.

Deliveroo said the “presumption ...