Yet another ruling on ‘gig’ workers

The Central Arbitration Committee (CAC) has ruled that Deliveroo drivers are self-employed.

The test case was brought by the Independent Workers Union of Great Britain (IWGB) on behalf of drivers who were not satisfied with their current terms and conditions and wanted worker rights, including holiday pay and the minimum wage.

The CAC however found that the drivers were self-employed because of their freedom to “substitute” thus allowing other riders to take their place on a job.

IWGB General Secretary Dr Jason Moyer-Lee has commented that “On the basis of a new contract introduced by Deliveroo’s army of lawyers just weeks before the tribunal hearing, the CAC decided that because a rider can have a mate do a delivery for them, Deliveroo’s low paid workers are not entitled to basic protections.”

Dan Warne, Managing Director for Deliveroo in the UK and Ireland said however: “This is a victory for all riders who have continuously told us that flexibility is what they value most about working with Deliveroo …As we have consistently argued, our riders value the flexibility that self-employment provides. Riders enjoy being their own boss – having the freedom to choose when and where they work, and riding with other delivery companies at the same time.” Deliveroo said it was pushing to have employment law to be changed so it could offer its self-employed riders injury pay and sick pay.

The case comes at a time where a number of claims have been brought by workers in the “gig” economy demanding rights such as holiday pay, the minimum wage and pensions contributions.