Deliveroo epitomise the most exploitative aspects of the gig-economy. Riders are expected to travel miles per day on their own bikes, using their own safety equipment for less than the minimum wage. Despite being self-employed they are unable to choose when and where they work and are performance managed. They receive no holiday or sick pay. In conjunction with our Deliveroo members in Glasgow & Edinburgh we will be campaigning for fair pay and employment rights. Deliveroo Riders are not self-employed contractors, they are hard-working employees and deserve to be treated as such. Watch this space for our petition and direct action events.  

Deliveroo Riders campaign for a living wage in Brighton

Deliveroo riders in Brighton launch their campaign for a living wage with a mass bike ride to visit Brighton's most popular restaurants. 

How to spot a self-employment sham...

Following recent decisions in cases of Uber, Pimlico Plumbers and City Sprint, there are a number of non-exhaustive factors which an employment tribunal may look at in order to determine whether someone has worker or employee status as opposed to being self-employed. The key thing to remember is that even when someone believes that they are self-employed, this is not always the case. Even if the signed contract states that it is a ‘self-employment contract’ this is not the end of the matter. Instead, tribunals will look at what happens between the parties and how this agreement operates in reality.

Some points which may indicate that you are a worker or employee rather than self-employed, despite what your contract states, are:

·         You get holiday or sick pay;

·         You are subject to disciplinary or absence management policies;

·         You are in an unequal bargaining position whereby you are told how and when to work, and genuinely cannot negotiate this;

·         If you are absent from work, it is not your responsibility to ensure cover;

·         You cannot realistically refuse to work or change the way in which you work;

·         You do not advertise your services;

·         You are provided with the materials, tools and resources to carry out the work;

·         You applied for the role and/or were interviewed for it;

·         You are unable to make more money by organising your own work in a certain way; or

·         You do not have a real economic interest in the profitability of the business.