THE GMB UNION has started legal action against the Hermes courier company over the workers’ rights of riders and drivers.
Proceedings on behalf of eight claimants have been lodged at the Employment Tribunal by solicitors Leigh Day and comes after the GMB won a similar case against Uber last year.
GMB legal director Maria Ludkin said:
The GMB will fight bogus self-employment and exploitative practices whenever and wherever we can. Under the false claims of ‘flexibility’ Hermes seems to think it is acceptable to wiggle out of treating its workers with respect.
Guaranteed hours, sick pay and pension contributions are not privileges to be bestowed when companies feel like it. They are the legal right of all workers in the UK.
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