June 24, 2017

Deliveroo denies riders are workers as gig economy tribunal begins



Deliveroo biker cycling fast on rainy day to deliver on time the food to the client
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Deliveroo could face the toughest challenge yet to its business model, which relies on self-employed gig economy riders, if the Central Arbitration Committee finds in favour of the union.

“It’s of huge public importance,” said Jason Moyer-Lee, general secretary of the IWGB. “Like the Uber case it goes to the heart of what the gig economy is all about and what these companies are allowed to get away with.”

A decision that Deliveroo riders are in fact workers would entitle them to statutory benefits including sick pay, holiday pay, National Minimum Wage, and a pension. Deliveroo denied that its riders want to be represented by the union and said they relish freedoms only available to self-employed contractors.

“The IWGB does not represent […]

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