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    Milan Court Awards EUR 10,000 to Uber Delivery Executives in Damages, Sentenced Boss to Jail

    More than 40 Uber food delivery couriers have been awarded damages worth 10,000 euros each in Italy on Friday after their former boss was found guilty and sentenced to jail .

    The CGIL union said the Milan court ruling marks the “first conviction” in Italy for crimes related to the exploitation of workers and the outsourcing of labor among Uber’s contractors Eats.

    Giuseppe Moltini, who ran a company that hired horse riders on behalf of the delivery services giant, was sentenced to three years and eight months.

    However, he is unlikely to risk prison, as in Italy prison sentences of less than four years do not usually lead to a prison sentence and are not carried out if they can still be met. a call.

    The Milan judge also ruled that most of the 500,000 euros that had previously been seized from Moltini should be handed over to 44 couriers, who should receive 10,000 euros each.

    Another 20,000 EUR was awarded to CGIL, also a complainant in the case.

    The decision follows investigations into Uber Italy’s business practices that led Milan judges last year to put it under provisional administration.

    The measure was revoked in March after acknowledging that the company had improved its balance sheet.

    Prosecutors had found that couriers, usually migrants, were paid EUR 3 per delivery, regardless of the length of their trip, the weather conditions, the time they worked and whether whether or not it is a public holiday. .

    Prosecutors also said the workers were “stripped of tips left spontaneously by customers” and punished with “an arbitrary suspension of payments due for alleged lack of work.”

    Gloria Bresciani, a suspended Uber Eats executive, faces separate exploitation charges and is due to appear before a Milan judge on Monday.

    Uber is a major player in the “gig economy,” which relies on hundreds of thousands of self-employed workers for app-based services like food delivery or car rides.

    Uber has long argued that its business model provides flexibility and control to its employees, while critics say the company owes its fortune to underpaid and overworked staff.

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