The IWGB union has won a legal battle over the rights of gig-economy workers, and couriers especially, during the pandemic. A judgment issued on 13 November means that workers in the “gig economy” are entitled to the same EU-derived health and safety rights as employees. Key rights are:
• To be provided with Personal Protective Equipment by the business they are working for and
• The right to stop work in response to serious and imminent danger.
The UK Government must now urgently take steps to ensure that workers have the same protection as employees.
Meanwhile, in Sheffield, couriers working for all three platforms are continuing to meet and campaign, building towards a city-wide all-out courier strike on 25 November. The workers are demanding increased pay, a hiring freeze, and a fair process around terminations, so as to end the present regime of arbitrary sackings with no hearing or right of appeal.