Deliveroo riders lose claim for workers’ rights

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Nov 15, 2017
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Deliveroo riders can work flexibly and for multiple companies

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Deliveroo riders are self-employed and not entitled to workers’ rights like Uber taxi drivers, the Central Arbitration Committee ruled yesterday.

The Independent Workers Union of Great Britain had argued that the delivery riders were workers - and therefore entitled to rights such as holiday and sickness pay - in support of their claim for union recognition. However, the committee rejected their case.

The ruling gives the riders flexibility in how they work and enables them to work where and when they want and to work for multiple companies during the same hour. Riders make on average £9.50 an hour with Deliveroo alone, well above the National Living Wage.

Dan Warne, managing director for Deliveroo in the UK and Ireland said the ruling was “a victory for all riders who have continuously told us that flexibility is what they value most”.

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