The Employment Tribunal in London is today hearing a claim by a courier for CitySprint. Expected to last for 4 days, the case is one of 4 due to be heard in the coming months, the others involving Addison Lee, Excel and eCourier - all based on treating their couriers as independent contractors.
These claims follow on from the Uber case last month, when the employment tribunal held that Uber drivers are not self-employed but are "workers" - an employment status that affords rights to holiday pay and rest breaks and the national minimum wage, amongst other things.
Follow this link for our report on the Uber decision: http://gdemployment.passle.net/post/102ds0g/the-uber-decision-workers-rights-in-the-gig-economy-under-scrutiny
Follow this link for our report on a similar challenge relating to Deliveroo drivers: http://gdemployment.passle.net/post/102dsnu/deliveroo-the-gig-economy-model-challenged-again
This changing nature of work has initiated a review by BEIS: http://gdemployment.passle.net/post/102drmk/have-your-say-on-atypical-workers-rights
THE latest fightback against the so-called “gig economy” begins today as bicycle couriers launch a tribunal battle for basic employment rights.