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Court battle over rights for couriers at Deliveroo

A HIGH Court judge has been told Deliveroo riders had no say in setting the terms of their contracts in the latest case concerning the gig economy.

The Independent Workers Union of Great Britain (IWGB) wants to overturn a ruling which confirmed the ‘self-employed’ status of the online food delivery firm’s couriers.

Deliveroo claimed victory in November after the Central Arbitration Committee, which considers union recognition and collective bargaining cases, rejected the union’s application to represent drivers in parts of north London .

The committee concluded that riders were not ‘workers’ as they could pass on a job to a substitute, or abandon one.

John Hendy QC, for the union, told Mrs Justice Simler yesterday that the CAC did not consider the ‘highly material’ fact that couriers could not set their terms and conditions or requirements for substitute riders. The union says they are being ‘denied basic employment rights’ including a minimum wage, holiday pay and collective bargaining rights.

Christopher Jeans QC, for Deliveroo, urged the judge to reject the union case.

After the CAC ruling, the firm’s UK boss Dan Warne said: ‘This is a victory for all riders who have continuously told us that flexibility is what they value most.’

Metro reported last month how Deliveroo riders were left out of a £10million stock giveaway for 2,000 office staff worth an average of £5,000 each.

Heathrow expansion ‘will cut easyJet fares’

EASYJET has said its fares could fall by almost a third if Heathrow gets a new runway. The Luton-based airline said this would allow low-cost carriers to operate a significant number of flights from the airport for the first time. EasyJet’s Robert Carey said the expansion, which MPs have yet to vote on, would allow ‘new routes and increased competition’. Since 2000 the number of UK destinations served by Heathrow has fallen from 14 to eight, while the total number of seats on its flights to Europe has dropped by 40 per cent.

BUSINESS BITES

■ THE number of people in work is at record levels, rising 146,000 to 32.39million in the three months to April. Average wages rose 2.5 per cent, with inflation at 2.4 per cent, said the Office for National Statistics.

■ BOOHOO group sales have soared 53 per cent in the past three months to £183.6million. The online fashion retailer, which also owns Pretty Little Thing and Nasty Gal, saw UK sales jump from £74.6million to £110.7million.

■ NEW Look has seen a full-year loss of £74.3million after a £97.6million profit the previous year. Boss Alistair McGeorge said the fashion chain put prices up and is now cutting them, adding: ‘It was never going to work.’

■ THE bosses of Sainsbury’s and Asda are to be quizzed next week by MPs on the environment, food and rural affairs committee on how their proposed £12billion merger will affect suppliers and consumers.

■ TED BAKER sales rose 4.2 per cent in the 19 weeks to June 9 despite ‘uncertain’ consumer conditions and bad weather in Europe and the US. Founder Ray Kelvin said it reflected the brand’s ‘design and quality’.