The Verdict Is In For CitySprint CitySprint Lose Employment Tribunal Case
employment tribunal has handed down a verdict in the case against CitySprint. Cycle courier Mags Dewhurst won the case she had brought against the firm saying that they were acting unlawfully by not offering holiday and sick pay. She had claimed that she should be classified as a worker rather than an independent contractor and the tribunal agreed, meaning that she will be entitled to holiday pay, national minimum wage, sick pay and the protection of the whistleblowing legislation.
Mags Dewhurst, who averages 50 miles a day as a cycle courier in London,
told the Guardian that: “This wasn’t just about me. It was about people who have been working here for 20 years without any of these rights. They argued that we weren’t part of the company, but you cannot run a £145m courier business without employing a single courier.” Where Does This Leave The Gig Economy?
This verdict follows an employment tribunal ruling in October, dubbed the
employment law case of the year, which ruled that Uber drivers should be classified as workers rather than self-employed. Uber have appealed the verdict and there are further cases pending against Deliveroo, Addison Lee, eCourier, and Excel.
Emma O’Leary is an
employment law consultant for ELAS. She says: “Whilst we are not convinced that this is the test case it’s being touted as, this verdict does deal another blow to the gig economy and provide further clarity on the employment status muddle. CitySprint has around 3,500 couriers in the UK and this ruling could potentially open the floodgate for further claims. It will be interesting to see how this case impacts on the wider gig economy and whether or not it will prove to be a sustainable business model given the multitude of pending tribunal hearings.”