info@stevensdrake.com
01293 596900
HomeAbout UsBusinessPersonalNews & ArticlesContactReceived a debt collection letter?Download our 'Income and Expenditure' form here

Deliveroo workers still on the losing end!

Posted
December 12, 2018
Employment Law

At our seminar, we discussed a number of recent cases which have wrestled with difficult questions about the status of those people working within the ‘gig economy’. Are they employees?  Are they workers? Or are they genuinely self-employed?


One of the cases we discussed concerned the takeaway delivery business, Deliveroo. In a recent development, the IWGB (a trade union representing a group of Deliveroo riders) took their case to the High Court, seeking a judicial review in relation to a previous decision in which it was held that Deliveroo riders are genuinely self-employed.


Having considered the IWGB’s arguments, their case was dismissed by the High Court. Deliveroo successfully defended the original decision, in which it showed that its riders are under no obligation to accept any work that Deliveroo might offer to them. Furthermore, crucially, the riders are able to send a ‘substitute’ to perform their delivery duties for them. By showing that rider are not obliged to provide their own personal service, this undermined any suggestion that they are either employees or workers of Deliveroo.


The IWGB’s High Court case was primarily based on an argument that the riders’ human rights are being breached by denying them the rights and protections currently afforded to workers.  The High Court dismissed these arguments, finding that there is no reason to believe that the riders’ human right are in any danger.  


It’s fair to say that resorting to an argument based on an alleged breach of human rights is sometimes seen as an act of desperation in cases of this sort. As a result, one wonders why the IWGB has been so quick to confirm that it will appeal the decision. However, we will watch with interest to see how much further this dispute has to run.

Share this article

Have you read our other blogs?

Buying your first home – Deposits, mortgages, and ISAs explained, plus what your conveyancer will do

Posted
July 15, 2019
Conveyancing
Read More

We’ve raised £1,940 for St Catherine’s Hospice during Make a Will Fortnight 2019

Posted
June 25, 2019
News
Read More
View all Articles

Stay up to date with stevensdrake

Simply fill out your details below to receive stevensdrake's monthly newsletter, including regular topical articles, tips and upcoming events.
Thank you! Your submission has been received!
Oops! Something went wrong while submitting the form.