June 15, 2018 / 11:04 AM / a year ago

UK union wins right to push for recognition at Deliveroo

A cyclist delivers food for Deliveroo in London, Britain, September 15, 2016. REUTERS/Toby Melville

LONDON (Reuters) - The High Court ruled on Friday that a British trade union should be granted a judicial review of a decision not to allow it to represent food courier Deliveroo’s riders in a part of London as it pushes for worker rights in the gig economy.

The Independent Workers Union of Great Britain (IWGB) is seeking to represent riders in Camden, hoping to secure for them rights such as the minimum wage, an increasingly thorny issue in Britain where more people are working without fixed contracts.

In November, Britain’s Central Arbitration Committee (CAC) rejected the move, which could act as a test case, and the IWGB had gone to the High Court to seek a judicial review, which it lost in May.

However on Friday, a High Court judge granted the judicial review, in a move welcomed by IWGB General Secretary Jason Moyer-Lee.

“We have been given permission to argue that Deliveroo is breaching our members’ human rights... We are not giving up,” he said in a video message posted on Twitter.

Deliveroo said the judge upheld the CAC’s central finding that its 15,000 riders in Britain are self-employed.

“The court has allowed a limited challenge on human rights grounds,” said a spokesman.

“Deliveroo has long argued that the self-employed should have access to greater protections, and we welcome any debate on how that can best be achieved.”

Reporting by Costas Pitas; editing by Stephen Addison

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