In the latest case focusing on employment status in the gig economy the Independent Workers Union of Great Britain (IWGB) is seeking to overturn a 2017 decision by the Central Arbitration Committee (CAC) that Deliveroo riders are not 'workers'.
The IWGB are seeking recognition so that they represent the riders in negotiations with Deliveroo on terms and conditions.
The CAC’s decision that the riders were self- employed was based on the fact that the riders were not required to give “personal service” (traditionally seen as a cornerstone of worker status) because they can pass a job on to a substitute.
The case is currently before the High Court with the IWGB arguing that the law on who amounts to a “worker” should be interpreted in line with Article 11 of the European Convention on Human Rights so as to allow the riders rights to collective bargaining.
We will, of course, keep you updated on developments in this case and the gig economy generally.
The Independent Workers Union of Great Britain (IWGB) is attempting to overturn a ruling which found that the company’s riders are not entitled to collective bargaining rights because they are “self-employed”.