Another case in the “Gig Economy” – Amazon delivery drivers fight for employment status
Amazon delivery drivers are to fight for better employment rights, including sick pay, holiday pay and the national minimum wage. The GMB union has announced that it is taking legal action on behalf of members working for three delivery firms used by Amazon, arguing that the companies wrongly classed them as self-employed and that they ought to be regarded as employees of Amazon.
A statement from the union, which represents professional drivers, said: “The drivers were required to attend scheduled shifts that were controlled by Amazon, meaning they did not have the flexibility that is integral to being self-employed. In this situation, the couriers were treated like employees in terms of their working hours and the GMB union contends they should be treated as employees in terms of their rights too.”
The case is the latest in a string of gig economy legal disputes challenging what unions say is bogus self-employment among couriers and other drivers. The GMB won a landmark judgment against Uber in 2016 and others, including Deliveroo, Addison Lee and CityLink, are all involved in ongoing legal action.
GMB stated that guaranteed hours, holiday pay, sick pay, pension contributions are not privileges – they are the legal right of all UK workers and that on this basis, these delivery drivers should also receive them.