Deliveroo claims victory in self-employment case

Cornelia Mascio
Novembre 15, 2017

Online food delivery company Deliveroo said on Tuesday that labor law panel the Central Arbitration Committee (CAC) ruled that its riders are self-employed. While the case only covered a small area, it was seen as a test case for Deliveroo riders and the wider gig economy.

Drivers at Uber won a victory a week ago when the company lost an appeal at the Employment Appeal Tribunal against an earlier decision to grant them workers' rights.

The IWGB had sought to have Deliveroo drivers in Camden and Kentish Town recognised as workers, which would have granted them rights such as the minimum wage and sick pay, as well as allowing them to unionise.

The IWGB said the CAC had found that the majority of Deliveroo riders were likely to support union recognition and that the courier firm had found a way to "game the system".

"The central and insuperable difficulty for the union is that we find that the substitution right to be genuine, in the sense that Deliveroo have decided in the new contract that riders have a right to substitute themselves both before and after they have accepted a particular job; and we have also heard evidence, that we accepted, of it being operated in practice".

But the IWGB said the ruling showed that Deliveroo riders were not satisfied with their current terms and conditions and wanted worker rights, including holiday pay and the minimum wage.

A decision by the CAC can be challenged in the High Court on a point of law. "As we have consistently argued, our riders value the flexibility that self-employment provides", Dan Warne, Deliveroo Managing Director for the United Kingdom and Ireland, said.

"As we have consistently argued, our riders value the flexibility that self-employment provides".

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