Spanish trade union calls for investigation into delivery rider’s death in Barcelona

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PROBE CALL: The worker’s death sparked protests. CREDIT: Shutterstock

A TRADE UNION has called on Catalan prosecutors to launch an investigation into the death of a worker for a delivery start-up in Barcelona.

UGT said Glovo should be investigated for failing to protect workers’ rights. It comes after one of its riders, a 22-year-old originally from Nepal, was killed following a traffic accident in Barcelona while making deliveries for the company.

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“UGT believed that the company, Glovo, imposes on its workers, through deception and abuse of their vulnerable status, labour conditions and social security conditions which violate the protections afforded to them by law,” the union said.

Glovo said the rider may have been using another’s account which it said was illegal.

“Glovo has always, and especially this week, collaborated with law enforcement agencies and has great respect for justice,” the company said.

The death of the rider sparked demonstrations in Barcelona which saw other couriers burn their Glovo rucksacks in protest.




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