Finland-based food delivery service Wolt intends to continue treating couriers as entrepreneurs and not employees, despite objections from the Regional State Administrative Agency (Avi) of Southern Finland.
Avi has instructed Wolt to keep a record of couriers’ working hours, in accordance with Finland’s Working Time Act, after an Avi inspector investigated the company’s operations.
Wolt however said it would not comply with Avi’s instruction as couriers are not employees.
“It would be important to listen to what the couriers themselves say,” Wolt’s co-founder Juhani Mykkänen said. “It is not fair to say to all the couriers that we are now forcing them into an employment relationship because one body has thought so, even though the majority of the couriers want to continue as entrepreneurs.”