Deliveroo couriers seek union recognition and workers’ rightsNovember 28, 2016 12:05 pm | This post was written by mmadigital | Posted in: Commercial litigation and dispute resolution, Employment, General news
In this month’s edition of Salehs newsletter The Cache we explained the recent decision of an Employment Tribunal that Uber taxi drivers were not self employed and added that it can be difficult to determine a person’s employment status. (When is an employee not an employee? http://online.flipbuilder.com/slfi/rcni/#p=1 )
Following this landmark decision, the Independent Workers Union of Great Britain (IWGB) has threatened to bring legal proceedings against Deliveroo if they refuse their riders’ requests for union recognition and employment rights. Currently, Deliveroo riders are classed as as self-employed contractors, therefore Deliveroo are not required by law to provide paid leave, sick pay or even the national minimum wage.
However, in light of the recent decision that Uber drivers are workers the IWGB has vowed to commence recognition proceedings against the company if it fails to accept the proposals.
Deliveroo previously made the news for including clauses in the contracts of riders which prevent them from taking the company to a tribunal.
Uber has stated it will appeal the decision and we will keep you informed.
In the meantime, if you are considering utilising the services of a self employed contractor, contact Linda Saleh for advice first. firstname.lastname@example.org