Gentofte Municipality has terminated its contract with Nemlig.com with immediate effect with reference to the online supermarket’s lack of information about the working conditions for the subcontractor’s employees.
The decision was made at a meeting of the municipal council on Monday night, after dialogue between the company and the municipality could not solve the problem.
Namely, Nemlig.com has always maintained that it can not provide information about drivers because they are employed by subcontractors.
In compliance with the belief in proper working conditions
The municipality suspects that the employees in question have a “poorer salary and terms of employment than what follows from the representative agreement in the area”.
“We are of the opinion that there must be appropriate conditions for the employees in the companies that are suppliers to our municipality. We are very aware of this when we start a collaboration, ”explained Gentofte Mayor Michael Fenge.
“The decisive factor for the termination of the collaboration with Nemlig.com has been that the company has not wished to document the working conditions with a subcontractor, even though it is a requirement in the work clause that has been signed.”
Too late under fire
Namely ,.com recently came under fire after a report in Politiken claimed that warehouse workers were bound by harsh targets and rules regarding toilet breaks and that it was not unusual to fire those who did not work fast enough.
In its defense, Nemlig.com claims that it has been incredibly busy since the beginning of the pandemic, resulting in the company recently declaring its first annual profit ever.
When the business suddenly went up, it was necessary to hire 600 people in a week.
Fallows termination of Odense Municipality’s contract
Back in April, Odense Municipality terminated its contract with Nemlig.com for similar reasons and owed the “poor working conditions” at the company. A TV2 report revealed that the municipality spent DKK 1.47 million on goods acquired from the company between March 2019 and 2021.
The TV2 report on the termination cited a study conducted by online media A4, which revealed that 40 Danish municipalities have a collaboration with the courier company Intervare, the owner of Nemlig.com, on the delivery of groceries to elderly, sick and disabled citizens.
Other municipalities – including Greve, Copenhagen, Frederiksberg, Hillerød, Roskilde and Fredericia – are said to be close to reviewing their contracts.
And Nemlig.com is also under pressure from unions, including 3F, and politicians – especially from the Unity List.
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Source: The Nordic Page