- UK Supreme Court: Deliveroo couriers not employees.
- Legal challenge by IWGB.
- Impact on union and rights.
The verdict supports contract economy firms but hurts workers and the union that argued the matter for years.
According to its ruling, the arrangement between Deliveroo and its couriers is “fundamentally incompatible with the concept of an employment relationship.”
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.
Comparisons with Uber Case and Ongoing IWGB Actions
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.