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....The ruling at the central London employment tribunal that the cycle courier should be classed as a “worker” follows similar verdicts in cases brought against Uber, City Sprint, Excel and eCourier. It comes as the government considers recommendations from a Downing Street review to bring in a new law that any self-employed worker under “control” or “supervision” from their contracting company should be considered a “dependent contractor” and benefit from holiday pay, sick pay and the minimum wage. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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....But the announcement was dismissed as a cynical PR move by the IWGB trade union, which is assisting Uber drivers in a legal tussle over their employment status. Uber is appealing against last year’s landmark tribunal ruling granting its drivers employed worker status, which confers rights such as sick pay and the minimum wage. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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Uber to offer tipping for UK users – and introduce waiting charges image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 14th of August 2017 12:00:33 PM
....But the announcement was dismissed as a cynical PR move by the IWGB trade union, which is assisting Uber drivers in a legal tussle over their employment status. Uber is appealing against last year’s landmark tribunal ruling granting its drivers employed worker status, which confers rights such as sick pay and the minimum wage. ...
Addison Lee suffers latest defeat in legal row over gig economy rights image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 2nd of August 2017 04:39:33 PM
....The ruling at the central London employment tribunal that the cycle courier should be classed as a “worker” follows similar verdicts in cases brought against Uber, City Sprint, Excel and eCourier. It comes as the government considers recommendations from a Downing Street review to bring in a new law that any self-employed worker under “control” or “supervision” from their contracting company should be considered a “dependent contractor” and benefit from holiday pay, sick pay and the minimum wage. ...
Workers’ rights need more protection in the gig economy | Letters image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 16th of July 2017 04:37:34 PM
.... But what she could do is ensure that the basics of the law and economics are explained to everyone before they start working, preferably at school, so they can assess the viability of an “offer” themselves. Most of these workers are actually not self-employed, so are entitled to holiday pay, statutory sick pay and the other benefits of payrolled employment, while the rates their employers offer are not economically viable as a sole income. ...
Uber’s practices are morally unacceptable – but a boycott won’t help | Hannah Lownsbrough image
.... In fact Uber offers no such thing to the people delivering its service, consistently finding ways to pass the risk of growing its business down to its drivers. In the vast majority of cases, Uber drivers are offered low pay, no sick pay, no redundancy and no holiday. ...
Gig economy workers on their jobs: 'They do exercise control over us' image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 11th of July 2017 11:57:45 AM
.... He reckons both work out at about £10 an hour but he’s only been on the drop rate for a short time. While this sounds a good rate of pay, well above the minimum wage, Biswas is a self-employed independent contractor so he doesn’t receive sick pay, holiday pay or anything towards the cost of maintaining or insuring his motorbike. ...
The Taylor review could make things worse for workers. What a surprise | Owen Jones image
....The review suggests relabelling “workers” – an employment category that sits between self-employed contractors and full employees – as “dependent contractors”. But workers – or dependent contractors, as the review recommends they are called – already have entitlements to rights such as sick pay. ...
May relaunches premiership with new protections for gig economy workers image
.... But, echoing the prime minister, he will also warn against any new “national regulation” and say that employers already face high, non-wage costs that should not be increased. It is expected to recommend the government rewrites employment law so any self-employed worker who is under “control” and “supervision” should be given holiday pay, sick pay and, in most cases, receive the minimum wage. ...
Gig economy: now is the time to ease the burden for workers image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 9th of July 2017 06:00:16 AM
.... This employment category is plainly being abused by some companies whose workers continue to be told how to behave like regular employees for all practical purposes – their work can be directed down to exact details, including time, hours, place and uniform. The only real difference is that the employer is able to avoid paying employers’ national insurance and pension contributions, and offering protections such as maternity and sick pay. ...
Low-paid workers need better job satisfaction, No 10 review will say image
....He is also set to demand a “clarification” of the legal definitions of self-employed people and workers in an effort to crack down on bogus self-employment, which has affected workers in the gig economy. The minicab app company Uber is currently appealing an employment tribunal ruling that previously self-employed drivers should be classed as workers and therefore enjoy a guaranteed minimum wage, sick pay and paid holiday. ...
UK workers earning £2.50 an hour prompts call for government action image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 6th of July 2017 09:00:07 PM
.... For this reason, Parcelforce Worldwide sets out the contractual terms clearly for both the benefit of the company and the owner-drivers. Self-employed owner-drivers do not therefore receive the benefits of employment such as sick pay, pension and holiday pay. ...
Gig economy: there's an easy way to end abusive working conditions image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 6th of July 2017 09:00:07 PM
.... It should persuade even die-hard enthusiasts for the gig economy that, too often, the label “self-employed” is a grand pretence. Companies free themselves of the obligation to pay employers’ national insurance, pension contributions, and holiday and sick pay. ...
Deliveroo set to become a tech 'unicorn' as investors seek a slice image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 2nd of July 2017 11:57:55 AM
....However, while customers benefit from having pizzas, burgers and noodles from chains such as Byron, PizzaExpress and Wagamama delivered to their front door, Deliveroo’s operating model has come under fire. Like other gig-economy companies, such as the taxi-hailing app Uber, Deliveroo uses thousands of self-employed contractors rather than employees, a model saving millions of pounds in holiday pay, sick pay and tax. ...
Cyclists delivering emergency blood to NHS gain employment rights image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 29th of June 2017 03:55:18 PM
....He said the IWGB would continue to pursue its case against TDL because the couriers argue they are employees – an even more secure classification than worker. Employees have guaranteed additional benefits including sick pay and maternity leave as well as protection against unfair dismissal, statutory redundancy pay and the right to request flexible working. ...
Move by UK supermarkets threatens to bring Fairtrade crashing down image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 24th of June 2017 11:02:13 PM
....Their fears centred on the “social premium”, the money that Fairtrade provides to farmers on top of the guaranteed minimum price they get for their produce. This money, which can be worth many thousands of pounds a year to big producer groups, goes straight to the farmers who agree to spend it on social schemes such as pensions, sick pay or education which they themselves choose and control. ...
Frances O’Grady on insecure work: ‘the heartbreaking bit is  they think it’s normal’ image
.... That kind of work has grown hand in hand with the rise of online shopping, and platforms such as the taxi-hailing app Uber and the takeaway delivery service Deliveroo. Most of those companies say they hire independent contractors, who miss out on rights such as the minimum wage and sick pay. ...
Government inspectors should enforce workers’ rights, says Law Society image
....The rise of platforms including Uber, Deliveroo and online retailers, most of which say their drivers and riders are independent contractors, has led to growing concern that millions are stuck in insecure and stressful work in the gig economy. Self-employed independent contractors are not entitled to holiday pay, sick pay or pension contributions. ...
How low does Uber have to go before we stop using it? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 8th of June 2017 01:27:04 PM
.... The lawsuit is still ongoing, but Uber has now laid off the employee in question. And none of this even touches on the generalised questions of Uber’s role in the creation of a new form of precarious labour, leading to its workers – not, legally, employees, and so not eligible for things like sick pay, holidays, or job security – struggling to unionise and fight for their rights. ...
Trade union membership has plunged to all-time low, says ONS image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 1st of June 2017 10:43:25 AM
....3 million in 2006. Research from the TUC suggests one in 10 UK workers are in precarious jobs, including in the gig economy, with less access to sick pay, redundancy and job protection, while zero-hours contract workers earn a third less than average employees. ...
Couriers on Britain's shopping addiction: 'Customers don't care as long as it's cheap' image
....Countless psychologists have documented the phenomenon of online shopping addiction: some shoppers describe the arrival of a package as like winning a prize – they talk about the “thrill”, even the “high”. Never mind that the courier desperately looking for a safe place to stash your new summer shoes while you lie in the bath not answering the door likely receives no sick pay or holiday pay, and could lose their work at a moment’s notice. ...
Unions say Tories' zero-hours workers' review doesn't go far enough image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 23rd of May 2017 09:42:36 AM
....The CBI said all employees should receive a written statement that sets out the key terms of their employment and their rights. More than 900,000 people are on zero-hours contracts, which do not offer guaranteed hours or sick pay, with many juggling several jobs, according to the Office for National Statistics. ...
Cineworld bosses to meet union over living wage dispute image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 18th of May 2017 08:09:01 AM
....Cineworld has agreed to meet union representatives to try to resolve a long-running dispute over pay and conditions at its Picturehouse chain. Staff at the Ritzy in Brixton and five other Picturehouse cinemas have gone on strike in recent months, disrupting the London film festival in October, in their battle to secure the independently calculated living wage and better sick pay for workers. ...
Royal Mail firm launches review after admitting it denied courier benefits image
.... In its latest annual report, its directors said the “principal risk” to eCourier’s business was if employment tribunal judges ruled their couriers were workers, not independent contractors. Other major gig economy employers who together rely on tens of thousands of workers who do not benefit from sick pay, holiday pay and the right to a minimum wage are fighting similar claims that self-employed workers should have employment rights. ...
Deliveroo bows to pressure to change contracts for UK couriers image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 11th of May 2017 06:16:37 PM
....”. But a trade union representing riders attacked the changes as an attempt to cement the notion that riders are independent contractors when some want to have the status of employed workers with rights including the minimum wage, sick pay and holidays. ...
New Uber blow as European legal adviser says service should be licensed like taxis image
....Georgios Petropoulos, an economist at Bruegel, a thinkank in Brussels, said the final ruling may also influence the employment law battles that Uber is fighting on whether drivers should be given the same rights as workers. An employment tribunal in London ruled last year that its licensed drivers should be classed as workers entitled to the national minimum wage, sick pay and paid holidays. ...
UK firms struggle to find employees – even before Brexit bites image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 9th of May 2017 05:01:52 AM
.... The pace of expansion for temporary placements was the fastest since December. The signs of rising demand for temporary staff will fan fears about economic insecurity for UK workers as many find themselves struggling to make ends meet because they are on zero-hours contracts or taking work on a self-employed basis with no access to holiday or sick pay. ...
HMRC steps up inquiry into employment status of Hermes couriers image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 3rd of May 2017 12:06:14 PM
....Maria Ludkin, the GMB’s legal director, said: “Under the false claims of ‘flexibility’, Hermes seems to think it’s acceptable to wriggle out of treating its workers with respect. “Guaranteed hours, sick pay, pension contributions – these aren’t privileges to be bestowed when companies feel like it; they are the legal right of all UK workers. ...
Uber to offer UK drivers sickness cover in return for £2-a-week fee image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 27th of April 2017 12:51:55 PM
.... To access the cover they will have to pay a £2 weekly premium, which Uber said it was subsidising. Uber was last year hit by an employment tribunal ruling that its drivers were wrongly classified as self-employed and should be classed as “workers”, a status that would grant them rights to sick pay, holiday pay and a guarantee of the national minimum wage. ...
McDonald's to offer all UK staff fixed hour contracts image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 25th of April 2017 02:58:27 PM
....McDonald's has a UK workforce of more than 115,000, the majority of which are on zero-hours contracts. Paul Maloney, the GMB union's southern region secretary, said: "Workers at McDonald's should be offered up to 40 hours of work a week, and permanent contracts to include annual leave, sick pay and a pension scheme. ...
The gig economy 'slashies' risk burnout image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 18th of April 2017 06:00:21 AM
....” A worker has some limited rights, adds Bartlett. These include the right to the minimum national wage, protection from discrimination, working-time rights (eg holiday pay, rest breaks), health and safety, and statutory sick pay. ...
How Uber conquers a city in seven steps image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 12th of April 2017 03:19:57 PM
.... The mayor of Portland, Ted Wheeler, saw it differently: “I am very concerned that Uber may have purposefully worked to thwart the city’s job to protect the public,” he told the Times. Uber has also fought hard against giving drivers, who are categorized as contractors, employment rights such as minimum wage, holiday and sick pay. ...
Deliveroo accused of 'creating vocabulary' to avoid calling couriers employees image
....In a six-page document seen by the Guardian, Deliveroo says its couriers, who deliver takeaways, should always be referred to as “independent suppliers” – self-employed workers with few employment rights – rather than as employees, workers, staff or team members. The business models of gig-economy companies such as Deliveroo and taxi app Uber are based on using thousands of self-employed contractors rather than employees – a move that saves them millions of pounds in holiday pay, sick pay and tax. ...
The case for a three-day weekend is clear – let’s start planning now | Caroline Lucas and Jonathan Bartley image
....It is worth remembering that history is littered with the political and economic establishment dismissing radical ideas like this out of hand. The two-day weekend, statutory sick pay, maternity and paternity pay are all hard-won rights – they weren’t inevitable. ...
Hammond was right to raise tax for self-employed, inquiry to say image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 29th of March 2017 01:13:37 PM
....“[It] is really important that people have their eyes open and they know of the downsides as well as the earnings potential of any of these models and particularly if there is some cash commitment they are making,” Hinds said. Self-employed workers do not benefit from sick pay, holiday pay or auto-enrolment into the pensions system. ...
Uber to shut down Denmark operation over new taxi laws image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 28th of March 2017 01:36:28 PM
.... Its drivers have been physically attacked in Paris, where two of its most senior European executives were also put on trial on charges of running an illegal transport service. Courts in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Belgium and the Netherlands have banned Uber’s low-cost UberPop service, which uses non-professional drivers, while an employment tribunal in London ruled its licensed drivers should be classed as workers with access to the minimum wage, sick pay and paid holidays. ...
Sports Direct workers paid less than minimum wage yet to get back pay image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 28th of March 2017 10:15:04 AM
.... Criminal: those who pay significantly below the minimum wage and there are many indicators of forced labour in the way they operate. Dodgy: those who seek to minimise their costs at all levels by underpaying holiday, not paying SSP [statutory sick pay], opt[ing] out of personal accident insurance schemes and so on,” he said. ...
Deliveroo riders plan legal action over employment rights image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 27th of March 2017 04:37:56 PM
. A group of Deliveroo couriers is planning legal action against the food delivery firm to claim better employment rights including the minimum wage, sick pay and holiday. ...
Second cycle courier wins holiday pay at gig economy tribunal image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 24th of March 2017 12:56:13 PM
....Workers employed under a contract in which they must always turn up for work even if they don’t want to, are entitled to employment rights including the national living wage, holiday pay and protection against discrimination. They are not, however, guaranteed other benefits including sick pay and maternity leave that employees are entitled to. ...
Sir Ian McKellen and Susan Sarandon back Picturehouse cinema boycott image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 22nd of March 2017 07:00:28 AM
....Susan Sarandon and Sir Ian McKellen are among more than 25 actors and screenwriters urging the public to boycott the Picturehouse cinema chain, and Cineworld who own it, over its workers’ pay and conditions. The 24 cinemas in the Picturehouse chain, which are in cities including Liverpool, Bradford, Oxford and London, sell an upmarket boutique experience to its clientele, who pay up to £16 for tickets while some staff are on zero-hour contracts without sick pay and other benefits such as parental leave. ...
PM backs plans to overhaul workers' rights to reflect gig ecomomy image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 20th of March 2017 12:25:37 AM
....The question has led to a number of high-profile court cases in recent months. In October, Uber lost a landmark employment tribunal case brought by drivers, who said the stringent conditions placed on their work by the taxi hailing app company meant they were not self-employed, but employees who were entitled to minimum wage and sick pay. ...
No rights, more tax: this is Conservative ‘fairness’ for the self-employed | Frances O’Grady image
.... At a minimum, we’d expect to see better rights to maternity and paternity pay, and there’s no reason why those changes couldn’t be implemented before next April. There’s also sick pay. ...
The shameless Tories have betrayed the self-employed – and themselves | John Harris image
.... Overnight there was a minor tweetstorm about how, back in 2010, Theresa May greeted Labour plans to raise people’s contributions by 1%: with a look of affected horror, and the claim that “it is Labour’s jobs tax that is going to kill the recovery”. All this goes straight to the Conservatives’ collective soul, and their supposedly deep belief in the frontier spirit of entrepreneurs, lone traders, and anyone else who stands apart from the supposed comfy world of sick pay, company pensions and redundancy rights, and tries somehow to make their own way. ...
'This is grossly unfair': self-employed readers react to NICs increase image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 9th of March 2017 02:21:03 PM
....I’ll pay more NI overall – probably about £30 to £35 per year I think. It’s said it’s to level the playing field with those in employment but I already lack sick pay, holiday pay, and employer pension contributions and my work can get cancelled at any point with no compensation. ...
Budget tax rise image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 9th of March 2017 01:40:23 PM
.... This discount also reflects the greater risks the self-employed take. For example, they do not get statutory sick pay if they cannot work owing to illness. ...
Budget 2017: NHS, families, cars - your questions answered image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 8th of March 2017 05:14:18 PM
....Paul McCabe asks: "How does the rise in NIC for the self-employed bring parity when the employed have access to paid holiday and sickness pay?". In reality there will never be full "parity" between the status of the employed and the self-employed, who don't get unemployment benefit, let alone sick pay or paid holidays. ...
Blood couriers launch case challenging self-employed status image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 7th of March 2017 05:19:22 PM
....The TDL couriers’ claim for employee status, which was filed on Tuesday at the London central employment tribunal, goes a step further than previous gig-economy cases – against taxi hailing app Uber and courier firm City Sprint – which both successfully argued drivers were officially “workers”. Workers, who are employed under a contract in which they must always turn up for work even if they don’t want to, are entitled to employment rights including the national living wage, holiday pay and protection against discrimination, and may also miss out on other benefits including sick pay and maternity leave. ...
Sick Parcelforce couriers can be charged up to £250 if they can't find cover image
....Last week the ride-hailing app Uber was granted the right to appeal against an employment tribunal ruling that its drivers were not self-employed, but were workers. If upheld, it will mean Uber must pay the minimum wage, sick pay and holiday pay. ...
High heels row: MPs 'shocked' by women's dress code stories image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 6th of March 2017 02:21:10 PM
.... . "Quite literally adding insult to injury, she was denied any compensation or sick pay as she wasn't on the payroll for long enough," she added. ...
Memo to bosses: expect zero loyalty from your zero-hours workers | Barbara Ellen image
.... The oft-trumpeted flexibility has never been an advantage to people who need full-time, guaranteed work, many of whom have families to support. Nor does it let employers off the ethical hook about the disgraceful dearth of workers’ rights and protections, such as a minimum wage, holiday pay and sick pay. ...
Sick DPD couriers face £150 charge if unable to find cover image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 3rd of March 2017 07:39:12 PM
....”. There is growing concern at Westminster that workers in the gig economy are missing out on important protections, including the minimum wage, sick pay and holiday pay. ...
Amazon, Deliveroo and Uber 'still viable' with no gig economy workers image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 22nd of February 2017 02:32:09 PM
. Amazon, Deliveroo and Uber have admitted their businesses would remain viable if they were no longer allowed to rely on self-employed workers who do not receive sick pay, pensions or a guaranteed minimum wage. ...
Workers' feelings of powerlessness fuelling anger, says jobs tsar image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 13th of February 2017 05:14:03 PM
....Margot James, the employment minister, said Taylor’s review was “hugely important in helping us understand whether employment rights need to change to keep up with the various new ways people can work”. In October the taxi-app company Uber lost a landmark employment tribunal case brought by drivers who demanded to be treated as workers with rights to the minimum wage and sick pay rather than as self-employed contractors. ...
We have the laws for a fairer gig economy, we just need to enforce them image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 7th of February 2017 12:11:25 PM
....It’s like a job, just, you know, an alternative one. It is an alternative to a job with sick pay, holiday pay and protection against unfair dismissal. ...
Hermes facing legal challenge from its self-employed workers image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 26th of January 2017 01:26:01 PM
....The possible legal proceedings come after a similar claim was brought successfully against app-based taxi company Uber. Employment judges ruled that self-employed drivers should be classed as workers and therefore have the right to the national living wage, paid holiday and sick pay. ...
Rising retirement age means that smart saving is more important than ever image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Sunday 8th of January 2017 12:01:00 AM
.... Just one in 10 Britons has a type of insurance known as income protection, which pays a replacement income lasting until retirement in such cases. For the rest, early illness can be a financial disaster, as statutory sick pay from your employer and state benefi ts, such as the employment and support allowance (ESA) are barely enough to live on. ...
Courier wins holiday pay in key tribunal ruling on gig economy image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 6th of January 2017 07:39:01 PM
.... Uber, which argues it is a tech company rather than a transport firm, is appealing against the ruling. Dewhurst, who has made deliveries for tCitySprint for more than two years, does not receive a guaranteed wage, sick pay or holiday pay, because the company considers her an independent contractor. ...
Bike courier wins 'gig' economy employment rights case image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 6th of January 2017 06:37:39 PM
....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. ...
Planning to ditch the job and go it alone in 2017? Here's what you should consider image
.... If you have high fixed costs each month, such as a mortgage, think twice before making the move. Also, bear in mind that consultants do miss out on certain rights and benefits, which could include paid holiday, sick pay, pensions, private health cover and permanent health insurance. ...
'I felt vulnerable': freelancers on the stress of self-employment image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 8th of December 2016 07:00:09 AM
.... James Moss, partner at employment law firm Slate Legal, says: “The self-employed enjoy no statutory employment rights. ” Instead of statutory sick pay, self-employed people who become unable to work thought illness or disability need to apply for employment and support allowance (ESA) – one of those benefits earmarked by the chancellor for cuts. ...
Britain's agency workers underpaid and exploited, thinktank says image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 5th of December 2016 12:01:08 AM
.... The loss of earnings rises to 45p an hour for permanent agency workers. Agency workers also lack basic employment rights: they are not entitled to sick pay or parental leave pay, have no notice period and little recourse in the event of dismissal. ...
Gig economy threatens government finances, says May adviser image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 30th of November 2016 09:30:14 AM
.... Last month, Uber, a taxi app relying on 40,000 self-employed drivers, lost an employment tribunal case when judges asserted that drivers should be classed as workers. That could mean Uber must pay national insurance contributions, as well as sick pay and paid holiday. ...
CitySprint courier tells tribunal of fear of receiving less work on refusing jobs image
....Her statement added: “I, like most other cycle couriers, occupy a vulnerable position. The respondent does not guarantee the national minimum wage, provide holiday pay, or sick pay. ...
Uber drivers stage go-slow protest through central London image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 22nd of November 2016 02:55:59 PM
....The action was organised by James Farrar and Yaseen Aslam, who three weeks ago won a crucial employment tribunal verdict that Uber should treat its drivers as workers rather then self-employed. The ruling means drivers should be paid the national minimum wage, receive sick pay and holidays. ...
Ritzy and Picturehouse cinema workers to strike over London living wage image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 16th of November 2016 07:00:12 AM
.... At the Ritzy, workers get regular shifts although these are not guaranteed by their contracts. Staff who have worked less than a year do not get company sick pay. ...
More than 7m Britons now in precarious employment image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 15th of November 2016 01:48:33 PM
.... The taxi company Uber and courier firms Hermes and Yodel are among firms relying on 4. 7 million “self-employed” workers, although Uber recently lost a landmark employment tribunal case when judges ruled that its self-employed drivers should be treated as workers and paid the “national minimum wage”, enjoy paid holidays and get sick pay. ...
Employees £3,500 a year worse off under Tories, says Labour image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 14th of November 2016 12:01:32 AM
....Labour will also focus on the self-employed in the party’s response to the autumn statement, with the shadow work and pensions secretary, Debbie Abrahams, highlighting the gaps in the national insurance framework for freelancers or small business owners, who make up 15% of the workforce. In a speech on Monday, Abrahams will call for changes to the current system in which self-employed workers are not able to gain access to important elements of the social security system, including sick pay and paternity pay, and for the government to tackle the potential pensions black hole because of lower personal pension savings among the self-employed. ...
Deliveroo boss doubled his pay ahead of riders' protest image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 11th of November 2016 03:43:34 PM
.... The bid follows successful protests by riders in the capital who objected to the trial of a new pay structure which would have moved them onto payments per delivery from an hourly rate. As self-employed contractors, Deliveroo couriers are not entitled to the rights available to workers, including sick pay and the national living wage. ...
Amazon drivers admit to speeding due to tight delivery schedule image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 11th of November 2016 10:35:30 AM
....76 an hour in his second week when he worked four days. The BBC said Amazon Logistics required agency drivers to be self-employed, and therefore not entitled to the national minimum wage (for staff under 25) and the national living wage (over 25) or employment rights such as sick pay or holiday pay. ...
Amazon drivers 'work illegal hours' image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 11th of November 2016 12:15:14 AM
....". Amazon Logistics requires agency drivers to be self-employed, and therefore not entitled to the minimum wage or employment rights like sick pay or holiday pay. ...
Deliveroo union asks for recognition image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 8th of November 2016 07:00:08 AM
....The Independent Workers Union of Great Britain (IWGB) has written to Deliveroo’s chief executive asking the firm to recognise it as a union representing riders in one area of London. Currently, the riders are classed as self-employed contractors, and are not entitled to the rights available to workers, including sick pay and the national living wage. ...
Ed Vaizey calls for minimum wage for 'gig economy' self-employed image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 1st of November 2016 02:22:47 PM
....”. He said it would not necessarily mean employers having to provide sick pay or holidays, but added: “The minimum wage has effectively taken the place now of tax credits as a statutory intervention to support people on low pay. ...
Uber drivers win key employment case image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 28th of October 2016 01:35:46 PM
.... Uber don't provide us with a car. Holiday and sick pay is perfect, but the minimum wage isn't. ...
Uber employment tribunal: Ruling due in London image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 27th of October 2016 11:05:02 PM
.... . They argued that far from being self-employed, Uber drivers should be classed as workers, which under employment law would entitle them to certain rights, including sick pay. ...
Ministers order HMRC crackdown on ‘gig economy’ firms image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 20th of October 2016 07:49:08 PM
....The minister described the plans in a letter to Labour MP Frank Field, who wrote to Theresa May in the summer asking her to examine claims of false self-employment by couriers for the delivery company Hermes following the Guardian investigation. The growing pressure comes as drivers for the taxi-app company Uber await an employment tribunal verdict on their claim that they should be classed as workers rather than self-employed and so should benefit from the minimum wage, sick pay, holiday pay and pensions. ...
Self-employed 'now earning less than in 1995' image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 17th of October 2016 11:00:11 PM
....Some companies have recently been accused of taking advantage of self-employed staff. Taxi app firm Uber is awaiting the outcome of a employment tribunal after two of its drivers claimed it was acting unlawfully by not paying holiday or sick pay. ...
Driver rights image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 12th of October 2016 03:15:18 PM
....An employment tribunal in London has ruled that Uber drivers can be classed as employees - and are not self-employed. Two Uber drivers claimed the company was acting unlawfully by not paying holiday or sick pay. ...
Uber drivers await tribunal verdict on employment status image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 12th of October 2016 05:00:03 AM
. Tens of thousands of Uber drivers in the UK could qualify for holiday and sick pay when an employment tribunal reconvenes in London on Wednesday, in what has been heralded as the employment law case of the year. ...
'Gig' economy all right for some as up to 30% work this way image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 10th of October 2016 01:14:59 PM
....Although workers are classed as self-employed, some companies expect their workers to be freely and regularly available, to such an extent that there is no time to work for anyone else. Meanwhile, they get none of the benefits, such as sick pay and pensions, that workers for other companies do. ...
Offshore workers accept new pay deal image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 22nd of September 2016 02:30:42 PM
...."We were able to secure improvements to competency payments and the introduction of a flexibility payment. Threats to life insurance, health care and sick pay have been removed. ...

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