Tribunal to decide couriers demands for union recognition and rights in UK

Deliveroo cycle courier with his large back box interacts with a stencilled cyclist while out delivering in London, England, United Kingdom. (photo by Mike Kemp/In Pictures via Getty Images)

Deliveroo cycle courier with his large back box interacts with a stencilled cyclist while out delivering in London, England, United Kingdom. (photo by Mike Kemp/In Pictures via Getty Images)

UPDATE 20 NOV: from IWGB Couriers And Logistics Branch – “On Tuesday 22nd November the biggest tribunal hearing of the year will be under way. We have all been waiting for this moment for the last 3 decades. This is our future and our past, this is where justice will take place. Couriers are going for worker status to gain employment rights. We really want to see many faces in the court room to show how important this really is. Join us at 12:30pm at Victory House, 34 Kingsway, London WC2B 6EX

The case will also be ongoing through the whole week from 10 am-4pm so if you can’t make it on the Tuesday do feel free to pop in at any point for as long as you want… your support will be SO appreciated!”

@IWGB_CLB Courier Tribunal about the “Gig Economy”

from the FT, by Madhumita Murgia:
Delivery couriers who work for Deliveroo are demanding union recognition and workers’ rights… The Independent Workers Union of Great Britain, representing couriers in north London in a test case, is asking for a “voluntary recognition agreement” that would require the British start-up to negotiate worker conditions with union representatives.

At present the couriers are treated as independent contractors, a standard classification used by companies such as Uber and Deliveroo.

The action comes just weeks after two Uber drivers won a similar employment case in London, when a tribunal ruled they were workers entitled to benefits such as sick leave and occupational safety.

Jason Moyer-Lee, the IWGB’s general secretary, said: “If we win, then all Deliveroo [couriers] will be workers and it will be the first collective bargaining agreement in the gig economy.

“It chips away at the bogus assumption that Deliveroo is made up of a network of entrepreneurs and allows us to negotiate the pay, working conditions and working rights of our members….” The full article is here but you only get one view for free

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