Glovo faces safety protests after delivery rider killed on the job

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Spanish on-demand delivery startup Glovo is facing angry protests from couriers on its platform following the death of a 22-year-old rider on Saturday in Barcelona where the business is headquartered.

Local press reports that the man, a Nepalese national called Pujan Koirala, had been substituting for a registered Glovo courier at the time he was struck and killed by a garbage truck. It does not appear that Koirala had a visa to work legally in Spain.

After Koirala’s death, a number of Glovo couriers held protests in front of the company’s office, burning the signature yellow delivery backpacks and criticising it for ignoring long-standing safety concerns — using hashtags #glovonosmata #glovomata on social media — aka, ‘Glovo kills us’, ‘Glovo kills’.

In Barcelona Glovo couriers are a more common sight than on-demand rivals such as Uber Eats and Deliveroo — typically to be found thronging eateries waiting to collect take-away orders and/or biking at speed to a drop off. The city is one of the Glovo’s best markets, though it also operates in other countries in Europe, as well as in LatAm and Africa.

“Trabajar dentro de la legalidad en estas plataformas es complicado. Eres falso autónomo”

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