June 28, 2017

A union has started a fight with Deliveroo about whether its riders are self-employed

Deliveroo cargo box near a parked bicycle with cafe terrace restaurant in the background to deliver on time the food to the client
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With their distinctive black and teal jackets, Deliveroo riders have become a familiar sight on Britain’s streets since the firm started trading in 2013, tapping into the rapidly growing demand for takeaway food delivered from restaurants.

But Deliveroo has faced criticism over how it treats its more than 15,000 riders and earlier this month scrapped a clause in its contracts which forbade self-employed riders from going to an employment tribunal to gain rights.

The International Workers Union of Great Britain (IWGB) is asking a tribunal called the Central Arbitration Committee to recognise it as a union for Deliveroo riders in the London borough of Camden so it can push for a collective pay deal.

“For years employers in the so-called gig economy have been able to get away with unlawfully depriving their workers of employment rights to which they are legally entitled,” IWGB General Secretary Jason Moyer-Lee said.

“The chickens are now coming home to roost.”A panel chaired by a judge is […]

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