“The protest by Foodora bikers has aroused a great uproar because these workers have come together and have presented their claims. The messengers did not do anything new: When there is a conflict at work, you need to get together,” says Valerio De Stefano, a visiting professor in labor law at Bocconi University, one of the first Italian jurists to focus on the new economics of online services. He’s the curator of an issue of the journal Comparative Labor Law & Policy Journal on the “gig economy.”
On Monday there was another protest in Turin. A delegation of seven workers spoke in a conference call with Gianluca Cocco, the CEO of the food delivery company Foodora Italy. “We work under borderline legal contracts,” they said, and called for an increase of pay “that amounts to little more than €2 per delivery, well below national and international compensation standards.”
Why then this surprise?