Mar 27, 2017

Deliveroo faces fresh legal action over ‘worker’ rights

Deliveroo is facing fresh legal action from its UK riders, who are pushing for employment rights including the minimum wage and holiday pay. The development is the latest legal challenge to gig-economy apps such as Deliveroo, Uber and TaskRabbit, which have been criticised for the lack of protection offered to people who work on their platforms. Deliveroo couriers are treated as self-employed contractors and so are not entitled to workers' rights, despite having to buy and wear a Deliveroo-branded uniform and delivery box, commit to specific shifts in advance and have their pay rates set by the company. The Deliveroo case follows a similar battle in the UK last year by Uber drivers, who won rights to the minimum wage and holiday pay after a ruling by an employment tribunal - being appealed by Uber - that they are "Workers". Deliveroo said it was unable to comment on the latest claim, but added: "We are proud to offer flexible, well-paid work to over 15,000 self-employed UK riders. We will continue to work closely with our riders to ensure that as the company continues to grow in the UK, our riders continue to benefit from that growth."

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