The Gig Economy - Addison Lee worker status tribunal hearing begins
The case is the latest in a long line of similar cases, all of
which have so far been decided in favour of worker status.
London-based Addison Lee is the latest taxi and courier company
to have its drivers' worker status called into question at the
Central London employment tribunal.
The challenge brought by the GMB involves three Addison Lee
drivers who the union claim are "workers" and should be entitled to
the national minimum wage and holiday pay, which they do not
This case has implications for more than 30,000 drivers across
England and Wales, according to the GMB.
Addison Lee have been accused of shirking its responsibilities
through bogus self-employment and wrongly classifying its
drivers as self-employed with the result that drivers are denied
the rights and protections that they were lawfully intended to
have, including the right to not have their contracts terminated
because they are members of a trade union.
Arguments against Addison Lee are that they exert significant
control over the drivers in order to provide a highly trained and
vetted driving service to the public indicating that the drivers
should be regarded as workers.
The tribunal will need to decide, like they did for Uber taxi
drivers in October 2016, whether Addison Lee's drivers are actually
genuinely self-employed. If they are workers, they are entitled to
a whole raft of employment rights including paid holidays and
national minimum wage.
Uber is contesting the decision of the employment tribunal in
October which ruled that its drivers should be entitled to be paid
at least the national minimum wage and holiday pay, among other
Posted on: 09/08/2017
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