4.6 C
London
Sunday, March 3, 2024
HomeBusinessSupreme Court decides Deliveroo riders are not workers

Supreme Court decides Deliveroo riders are not workers

The verdict supports contract economy firms but hurts workers and the union that argued the matter for years.

The UK’s highest court does not consider Deliveroo delivery couriers employees.

The Supreme Court ruled that Deliveroo employees are not deemed employees due to the absence of set working hours, the ability to work for competitors, and the ability to delegate work.

According to its ruling, the arrangement between Deliveroo and its couriers is “fundamentally incompatible with the concept of an employment relationship.”

The Independent Workers Union of Great Britain began Legal Action Against Deliveroo Riders for Collective Bargaining Rights.

The company rejected their 2017 attempt to negotiate pay and working conditions. The grounds were that the members did not qualify as employees under United Kingdom law.

An accumulation of appeals culminated in the Supreme Court’s ruling that they are ineligible for union membership due to their failure to satisfy the criteria of being classified as workers or employees.


According to the IWGB, Deliveroo infringed upon the couriers’ human rights in an unlawful manner. The company denied their request for recognition as a collective bargaining organization.

UK employment law protects workers from illicit wage deductions and discrimination. They do not possess the complete array of legal rights granted to employees.

Comparisons with Uber Case and Ongoing IWGB Actions

After losing its Supreme Court challenge two years ago, Uber’s drivers became employees. As such, they are now eligible for fundamental employment protections, including the minimum wage.

The judges’ conclusion in the Uber case was that drivers are “subordinate and dependent on Uber to the extent that they have minimal or no capacity to advance their status through the application of entrepreneurial or professional abilities.”

The IWGB expressed its displeasure with the Deliveroo decision and continued to evaluate its alternatives.

A statement read, “This may not be in the law, but more couriers are joining the union, enhancing our capacity to keep Deliveroo accountable.”

Our strength is our workforce’s solidarity in reform advocacy, not court rulings.


A Deliveroo spokesperson stated, “UK courts, including the Supreme Court, the highest court in the country, have verified that Deliveroo riders are self-employed on multiple occasions.” This affirmation applies at every level of the legal proceedings.

This ruling is favourable for Deliveroo couriers, who highly appreciate the adaptability that independent employment provides.”

Covid investigation: First lockdown ordered too late – Whitty

RELATED ARTICLES

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Most Popular

Drone hits Russian apartment block; Ukraine blamed

Early on Saturday, one hundred individuals were evacuated after a residential building in St. Petersburg was struck by a drone. On Saturday morning, a Russian apartment building consisting of five stories was struck by a drone, prompting certain Russian media outlets to attribute the incident to Ukraine. St. Petersburg building occupants reported an eerie explosion, followed by a fire, shortly after 7:00 a.m. local time.

Rare Werner goal ignites Tottenham comeback win over Palace

What was it like to witness the transformation of water into wine at that ceremony in Cana? How did it feel to be in Smyrna when the flames refused St. Polycarp's body to consume? Are the sacred waters of Lourdes truly curative for lameness? As it happens, miracles do occur, and one of the most unlikely occurred at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium when Timo Werner scored.

Protection of climate refugees requires legal definition

Amidst the panels and meeting rooms of the United Nations Climate Conference (COP28) in Dubai the previous year, the phrases "climate migrants" and "climate refugees" reverberated significantly. Prominent United Nations officials, external stakeholders, academicians, and activists contending with climate change's repercussions enthusiastically employed these designations. 

Clapham shooting: Moped pursuit gun drops wound two women

Two women were injured when a fallen firearm discharged during a police pursuit of a moped. At 16:55 GMT on Friday, the Metropolitan Police reported that officers were pursuing two individuals who failed to stop in Clapham. According to the force, the moped also collided with an individual from the public and subsequently crashed.

Recent Comments