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Deliveroo claims victory in self-employment case

From BBC - November 14, 2017

Deliveroo riders have been ruled self-employed by labour law body the Central Arbitration Committee (CAC).

The test case was brought against the delivery company by the Independent Workers Union of Great Britain (IWGB) .

The IWGB said the ruling showed a majority of Deliveroo riders wanted workers' rights and union recognition.

But the CAC found they were self-employed because of their freedom to "substitute" - allowing other riders to take their place on a job.

The case follows a number of claims brought by workers in the "gig" economy demanding rights such as holiday pay, the minimum wage and pensions contributions.

Drivers at Uber won a victory a week ago when the company lost an appeal at the Employment Appeal Tribunal against an earlier decision to grant them workers' rights.

Workers' rights

IWGB brought the case after it had asked Deliveroo to recognise it as a union representing drivers in Camden and Kentish Town and to start collective bargaining over workers' rights.

Deliveroo refused and the case was taken to the CAC.

The company said its turquoise-and-grey clad "Roomen" and "Roowomen" wanted to keep flexibility of being self-employed.

Flexibility

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