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Addison Lee courier found to be a worker

on Sunday, 20 May 2018.

Addison Lee courier found to be a worker

Addison Lee has lost its appeal against former cycle courier Chris Gascoigne, after the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) ruled that he was a worker within the meaning of regulation 2 of the Working Time Regulations when logged-on to the company’s app, which allocated work.

The EAT upheld the employment tribunal’s original decision, that the employment relationship between the two parties was reflective of Gascoigne being a worker, and that he had been wrongly classified as an independent contractor by the taxi and courier firm. The decision means that Gascoigne was entitled to basic employment rights including holiday pay.

The case, Addison Lee Ltd v Gascoigne, was brought by the Independent Workers’ Union of Great Britain (IWGB). It argued that the decision was another blow for the company, which is also dealing with an employment status claim from its drivers.

“For anyone who has the vaguest awareness of employment law, the fact that Addison Lee has lost its appeal will come as no surprise,” commented IWGB general secretary, Dr Jason Moyer-Lee.

“The real shocker is that, even though tribunal after tribunal after tribunal have shown that companies in the so called ‘gig-economy’ are unlawfully depriving their workers of rights, the government still does nothing but talk.”

Addison Lee is reportedly reviewing the ruling before deciding on its next steps.