Sorry, Deliveroo Drivers: No Group Negotiation For You, Says High Court

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Working out the finer legal points of the gig economy has been a key pastime for the UK legal system over the last couple of years, and it’s just upheld a previous ruling that Deliveroo drivers are not employed by the company and therefore can’t negotiate as a group.

The Independent Workers Union of Great Britain challenged a judgement by the Central Arbitration Committee that the delivery drivers are self-employed, arguing that their human rights were contravened by the decision. The High Court was having absolutely none of it, and reiterated that the riders are self-employed because they can ‘substitute’ for each other: in other words, drivers can swap places on jobs if they want to.

Mr Justice Supperstone stated that because


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