Jun 25, 2018

Hermes couriers win ‘worker’ status in gig economy case

A group of couriers at Hermes, the delivery company, have won a legal battle to be classed as workers rather than self employed in the latest case to have implications for the "Gig economy." An employment tribunal in Leeds ruled on Monday that Hermes couriers were workers and not independent contactors, as the company had contended. The GMB union, which helped bring the claim, said that the ruling affects a number of couriers who have already brought cases but says it will have implications for the wider network of 14,500 Hermes couriers. The Supreme Court ruled last month that a tradesman working for Pimlico Plumbers should be classed as a worker rather than self employed. In a statement it said: "We will carefully review the tribunal's decision but we are likely to appeal given that it goes against previous decisions, our understanding of the witness evidence and what we believe the law to be. Nevertheless we have always been fully prepared for any outcome of this decision and its impact on 15 couriers and former couriers. In the meantime it is business as usual and we remain committed to providing couriers with the benefits of flexible working."

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