Following BWB's employment tribunal win in a case which could have fundamental implications for employment status in the ‘gig economy’, partner Paul Jennings has been quoted extensively across the media. BWB represented Margaret Dewhurst against CitySprint, the UK's largest courier company, arguing that she is not self-employed, but a worker, and is entitled to benefits such as holiday pay.
As stated in the Evening Standard, Judge Joanna Wade ruled in favour of Ms Dewhurst, suggesting parts of the courier’s contract to be “contorted and self-destructive.”
Paul described the judgement as “legally and ethically the right outcome”, according to coverage in The Guardian, and suspects that “thousands of couriers across the capital will look to assert their rights and seek back pay”, as reported in the Financial Times. Jennings then went on to say that “in a sense, the law is catching up with technology. The cases against courier companies, just like the case against Uber, involve businesses using innovative technology platforms and business models in a way that seeks to avoid basic statutory rights. Technology aside, the courts take a commonsense approach to these issues: if individuals are controlled, economically dependent and vulnerable to exploitation, basic protections should apply.”
In coverage in BBC News, Jennings said that “until now couriers have occupied a vulnerable position. They carry out physically demanding work, in dangerous conditions, but cannot take paid leave. In the wake of this judgement, we expect to that thousands of couriers across the capital will look to assert their rights and seek back pay."
Posted on 09/01/2017 in BWB In The MediaBack to Knowledge