‘Digital MEI’ Project For Couriers Does Not Advance; Understand

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The “MEI Digital” project for application deliverers, in progress since August of this year, did not meet the stipulated deadlines and should not go forward. A report in the Folha de S. Paulo newspaper points out that the government was unable to reach a consensus with the application companies and the proposal “stuck”.

The project foresaw the creation of the Digital Individual Microentrepreneur and would welcome professionals who work for companies such as iFood, Uber Eats and Rappi. In all, about 1.5 million delivery people would be served by the novelty.

Through the payment of the MEI, these workers would have retirement due to length of service, sick pay, pension and paternity or maternity leave. It had not yet been decided whether the funding in the amount of R$ 55 would be made by the company or by the employee himself.

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The Government even met with representatives of the companies, but, it seems, the reason the project did not move forward was the low revenue of the MEI, making the proposal “expensive” for the Revenue. When the proposal was made to consider the same percentage of CLT, around 27.5%, the companies were not pleased and the meetings were terminated.

Groups of couriers pointed out that they weren’t called. Just like last week, when there was a hearing in the Chamber of Deputies about the professional regularization of these workers and Sindimoto — responsible for mobilizing the 2020 protests — was not invited to participate in the discussion.

iFood, however, announced that it will meet registered delivery workers at a forum in São Paulo, on December 13th and 15th, to debate the demands of the sector. The meeting is considered a victory, as one of the biggest problems for employees was the lack of communication with the company.