A Comparative Analysis of the Role of Key Actorsin Recognizing Rights of Delivery Riders in the UK and Spain

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The outbreak of COVID-19 epidemic led to the exponential increase in the number of non-standard work arrangements including platform workers. Based on the analysis of figures, European Union recognizes the need for highlighting the issue of ensuring basic social rights of platform workers (delivery riders).The lack of clarity in the existing law regarding the legal status and rights of deliver riders, results in exploitation by organisations of such workers. In this paper, the aim is to understand the current status of the rights of delivery riders in food delivery sector and to analyze the role of key actors i.e. institutional framework and social partners in adopting strategies by two different countries, namely the United Kingdom and Spain, while recognizing the rights of these workers. Lastly, the paper proposes a workable solution based on the learnings from both the case studies.