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Killed a cyclist of home delivery in an outrage

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Updated:27/05/2019 04:51h

The rise of food delivery to home in the big cities, claimed this weekend his first victim. A “rider” for 22 years, was devoted to the meals delivered to your door on a bicycle, in particular of the platform Glovo, died Saturday night in Barcelona to be run over by a garbage truck, according to the Guardia Urbana. The deceased was of nepalese origin and wearing barely four months living in Barcelona, as said a colleague of his. The accident, which claimed the seventh victim so far this year in traffic crashes in Barcelona, occurred about half-past eleven of the night in the crossroads of calle Balmes and Gran Via, one of the points that builds up a greater number of claims in the city.

Up to the place it moved a team of emergency that he could not do anything to save the life of the cyclist, as well as several patrols of the Guardia Urbana. The Unit of Investigation and Prevention of Accidents (UIPA) of the Guardia Urbana of the Catalan capital has taken charge of the investigation and the subsequent processing of the crowded event.

Immediately after discovering the facts, the unions IAC and UGT returned to denounce the working conditions of these dispatchers “and the lack of protection on occupational hazards and the fragility of the collective before the accident”.

Protest in front of Glovo

Companions of the dealer who died were concentrated in the afternoon in front of the headquarters of the company, where they placed flowers and candles, a ceremony in memory of the deceased that other “riders” carried beyond cutting the street with their bikes and making a bonfire with the features bags deal. Some even tried to enter by force in the office.

In this context, the trade union UGT has urged the Government and the parliamentary groups to “properly regulate” platforms such as Deliveroo, Glovo, Stuart and Ubereats and their working conditions. According to the union, this outrage “shows that precarious employment and without the protection of digital platforms kills”. The union argues, Efe reported, that the workers on these platforms are considered to be wage earners, and denounces the situation of the “riders”, “they do their work, precarious, unprotected and with serious consequences”.

For its part, Glovo regretted “deeply” through a statement the death of the dealer. “As soon as you clarify the facts, we will initiate procedures to activate the private insurance which covers the activity carried out by the dealer in case of accident”.

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