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PostPosted: Fri Jan 06, 2017 7:36 pm 
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Bike courier wins 'gig' economy employment rights case

A bicycle courier has won an employment rights case in a ruling which could have major implications for the "gig economy".

A tribunal found that Maggie Dewhurst, a courier with logistics firm City Sprint, should be classed as a worker rather than self-employed.

As a worker, she would be entitled to basic rights including holiday and sick pay and the national living wage.

City Sprint said it was "disappointed" and will review the ruling "in detail".

While Friday's ruling will only apply to Ms Dewhurst, it highlights the working practices of the so-called "gig economy", where people are employed on a job-by-job basis.

It is the first of four legal challenges being taken against courier companies.

The case follows a similar ruling against the taxi-hailing service Uber in October last year, which found that drivers should be classed as workers rather than self-employed. Uber intends to appeal.

City Sprint said: "This case has demonstrated that there is still widespread confusion regarding this area of law, which is why we are calling on the government to provide better support and help for businesses across the UK who could be similarly affected."

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Ms Dewhurst, who is based in London, said: "I'm delighted that the tribunal ruled in our favour as it has set a legal and moral precedent which others can use to make similar claims."

Ms Dewhurst has been with City Sprint for the past two years, during which time the company classed her as an "independent contractor", or self-employed.

However, she claimed her role was more like that of a worker. "We spend all day being told what to do, when to do it and how to do it. We're under their control. We're not a mosaic of small businesses and that's why we deserve basic employment rights like the national minimum wage," she said.

The tribunal ruling released on Friday stated that "the claimant was a worker of the respondent [City Sprint] and... it unlawfully failed to pay her for two days' holiday".

According to Ms Dewhurst's lawyers, the judge described City Sprint's contractual arrangements as "contorted", "indecipherable" and "window-dressing".

City Sprint said it enjoyed "a good relationship with our fleet" and said that evidence given at the tribunal highlighted that it is "a good company that pays its couriers some of the best rates in the industry".

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The noose is tightening on the spivs scam.

Delighted for the bike lady, and for all of us that may benefit from the work these people and the GMB are doing.

I might have even considered rejoining the GMB if the local branch weren't run by a bunch of f***wits.

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 06, 2017 8:09 pm 
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I might have even considered rejoining the GMB if the local branch weren't run by a bunch of f***wits.


they're all f*ckwits mate - except me :lol:

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well if previous form anything to go by then an appeal is looming but the real implications might be if business models have to change to fully employing drivers,riders etc what it will do for prices or will business models change to push all their operatives into a new version of self employment in order to keep prices down

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I might have even considered rejoining the GMB if the local branch weren't run by a bunch of f***wits.


they're all f*ckwits mate - except me :lol:

Are you in the GMB then CC?

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Sussex wrote:
The noose is tightening on the spivs scam.

Delighted for the bike lady, and for all of us that may benefit from the work these people and the GMB are doing.

I might have even considered rejoining the GMB if the local branch weren't run by a bunch of f***wits.


The GMB lawyers fooked up an identical case against this company 10 years ago the lawyers were sued and the Courier got £6000 no other courier was prepared to front up a case against them or Hermes despite very considerable efforts by a certain Branch secretary #-o #-o

Well done this person on this occassion =D> =D>

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Sussex wrote:
The noose is tightening on the spivs scam.

Delighted for the bike lady, and for all of us they may benefit from the work these people and the GMB are doing.

I might have even considered rejoining the GMB if the local branch weren't run by a bunch of f***wits.


Nothing stopping you and yer big gob standing for office mush ..................or do you lack the ability or courage .easiest thing in the world criticise without being willing to do better yourself #-o #-o



Mind your correct about the present admin of the GMBPDB in Brighton i am reliably informed :wink: to$$ers evidently =D> =D> =D>

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Chris the Fish wrote:
captain cab wrote:
Sussex wrote:

I might have even considered rejoining the GMB if the local branch weren't run by a bunch of f***wits.


they're all f*ckwits mate - except me :lol:

Are you in the GMB then CC?



he wont answer but i know :wink: :wink:

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he wont answer but i know :wink: :wink:

He won't answer because he won't talk to me.

I don't actually care what the answer is to the question I posed.

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why would I join the gmb, I don't make boilers ffs

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Chris the Fish wrote:
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he wont answer but i know :wink: :wink:

He won't answer because he won't talk to me.

I don't actually care what the answer is to the question I posed.


why ask then :?:

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why would I join the gmb, I don't make boilers ffs



:-" :-" :-" :-" :-" :-" :-" :-" :-"

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Sussex wrote:
The noose is tightening on the spivs scam.

Delighted for the bike lady, and for all of us they may benefit from the work these people and the GMB are doing.

I might have even considered rejoining the GMB if the local branch weren't run by a bunch of f***wits.



:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:


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Nothing stopping you and yer big gob standing for office mush ..................or do you lack the ability or courage .easiest thing in the world criticise without being willing to do better yourself #-o #-o

I would sooner eat sh** pie every day of the week than join up with that mob down here.

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It's strange how everybody thinks it's a new way of working and suddenly needs fixing. It'd been going on for decades before the 'gig' gang joined in

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