Last month we examined the gig economy and briefly mentioned food delivery firm, Deliveroo, whose contracts breach s203 of the employment rights act by preventing staff from bringing Tribunal claims about their employment status.
This month staff at Deliveroo have gone on strike after the company proposed to pay them £3.75 per delivery instead of £7 an hour plus £1 for every delivery. With some deliveries requiring lots of travel between restaurant and customer it could mean some staff earn as little as £3.75 an hour.
This is all possible because, like other members of the gig economy, these delivery couriers are all technically self-employed. This means their employment rights greatly differ to those of a normal employee. This doesn’t only mean right to the minimum wage, if a Deliveroo courier was hurt due to the company’s negligence they would have no access to sick pay or personal injury claims.