May 31, 2021
Sub-postmasters launch legal bid to be classed as workers
More than 120 sub-postmasters have brought an employment lawsuit against the Post Office arguing they should be classed as "Workers" and entitled to paid holiday, pension rights and sick pay. The Post Office says the sub-postmasters are self-employed, but they claim they are contractors dependent on the Post Office, which exercises a degree of control over the work they do. The case comes after a growing number of court rulings have found that individuals in the "Gig economy" can be classed as workers. The Post Office said it was focused on resetting its relationship with postmasters and had increased annual postmaster remuneration by £27m over the past year. "We want to resolve them and are working very hard to find potential solutions." It added that two serving postmasters had recently been appointed as non-executive directors on the Post Office board.
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