The caterers who work at Delivery in the UK are self-employed. The British Court of Appeal has ruled in the case brought by the union IWGP. This judgment is good for delivery because the self-employed are an important pillar in the business model of the company.
Previously, there were a lot of criticisms about the way Delivery treats its liberators. This happened shortly before the company’s IPO, which turned out to be a disappointment. Delivery’s course is not compatible with corporate social responsibility.
This ruling also contradicts Uber Technologies, which previously lost a similar case regarding the status of its drivers. The British Supreme Court has ruled that Uber drivers should be treated as employees. With this status, they are entitled to minimum wage and paid leave.
The IGWP said it would assess its legal status after Thursday’s ruling. In addition, the association continues to focus on collective representation in delivery.
There are similar issues in the Netherlands and other European countries regarding the status of delivery providers. At the end of March, the company’s caterers will be appealed to the Court of Appeals in Amsterdam over whether or not they are coming under a joint labor agreement for professional freight. But after the challenge of delivery, the case was adjourned. It is not yet known when this will serve.
In 2019, the court ruled that delivery agents in the Netherlands would come under a collective labor agreement for professional freight transport. The company must therefore implement this collective labor agreement in advance. In February, the Amsterdam Court of Appeals ruled in another case that delivery caterers were not independent entrepreneurs but employees eligible for employment contract.
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