THREE FORMER Addison Lee drivers who had their contracts terminated after protesting against parent company Carlyle Group will appeal against the decision at an employment tribunal hearing on July 4.
The men were dismissed within hours of taking part in a demonstration in Berkeley Square in May 2016 in protest at a decision by Addison Lee to increase the commission charges paid by its drivers.
Hundreds of drivers took part in the industrial action after the private hire firm also cut driver fare rates in a bid to help the firm compete with Uber. But, union leaders claim the changes to job tariffs meant some drivers’ hourly rates dropped to £4.99 – 30 per cent below the national minimum wage.
The GMB union has instructed lawyers, who are claiming: “Unfair dismissal, detriment on the grounds related to trade union activity and failure to pay the national minimum wage.”
GMB regional officer Gary Pearce said:
Addison Lee has been caught red handed, unfairly targeting and punishing private hire drivers simply for seeking to protect their rights at work.
By victimising those who simply want a fair deal and to prevent exploitation, the company is seeking to bully its remaining workers into silence.
Addison Lee’s attitude towards these drivers is completely unacceptable and this naked attempt at union busting has no place in the modern world of work.
Chris Benson of Leigh Day legal services said: “These three men were trained by Addison Lee. They were required to work on standard terms which were dictated by Addison Lee and had to work to detailed practices and procedures imposed by Addison Lee. They cannot then be sacked without notice or reason.”
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