Province inspected working conditions of delivery apps in Bahia and 23 other municipalities

Inspectors from the Buenos Aires Ministry of Labor today carried out a mega operation in 24 municipalities, including Bahía Blanca, in order to control the registration, working conditions and Health and Safety of the workers of digital delivery platforms.

This mega operation deepens a similar one carried out in 2020, at the height of the system as a result of the isolation by COVID-19, in which 172 unregistered workers were found, which earned delivery companies sanctions.

This afternoon’s survey was carried out simultaneously in areas with a concentration of gastronomic establishments and in distribution centers of companies in the districts of Bahía Blanca, Almirante Brown, Avellaneda, Lanús, Quilmes, Berazategui, Lomas de Zamora, La Plata, La Matanza, Morón, San Isidro, San Martín and Tres de Febrero.

In addition, Campana, José C. Paz, San Miguel, Zarate, Pilar, Pinamar, Azul, Junín, Mar del Plata, Necochea and Tandil were included.

As explained by the labor portfolio, the operation seeks “to advance in the recognition of the labor rights of thousands of Buenos Aires residents who work with these distribution applications throughout the Province.”

The Minister of Labor, Mara Ruiz Malec, assured that “it is good news that there is now a real discussion about the very precarious situation of these workers who go out on the street without coverage for anything and that some of them pay for accident insurance themselves. because if something happens to them, nobody covers them”.

In addition, he argued that “the State must be protecting workers against these apps that, despite being millionaires, deny them the most basic rights.”

“Being registered is a substantial change in the working and living conditions of each one because it is not the same to have social work as not to have it, to know that you are contributing to a fund for your future retirement than not to do so,” he added.

The Ministry explained that “despite complying with all the obligations of any employee in a dependency relationship”, the workers of the delivery applications “are mostly not registered and do not have any type of protection in terms of Health and Safety “.

The portfolio explained that these types of applications “define themselves as technology companies that only provide a computer tool that individually connects service providers with consumers.”

But “they cover up the employment relationship they have with tens of thousands of people who must register as monotributistas or self-employed.” These workers “do not have a basic salary, but they must comply with a stipulated schedule, a certain number of daily hours and, although they do not have a physical or fixed place of work, they must concentrate in specific areas where they receive the orders to be made.”

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