The Independent Workers’ Union of Great Britain (IWGB) has discovered that Greg Marsh, one of the panel members of the Taylor review, is an early investor in Deliveroo. This is a matter of grave concern to the union, which already considers the review to be heavily skewed towards the interests of business, ignoring the concerns of workers.
According to a press release from 2014, Marsh, founder of online flat rental company onefinestay, participated in the company’s Series A funding round. As recently as 2016 he was presenting himself as a Deliveroo investor.
IWGB General Secretary Dr Jason Moyer-Lee said: “If he still has these shares it is a total conflict of interest and even if he no longer has the shares the idea that a former Deliveroo investor would be one of the people making recommendations on employment rights in the gig economy undermines the entire integrity of this process. People should take with a large grain of salt anything they recommend tomorrow.”
The IWGB has sent a Freedom of Information request asking for more information on what the panel knew about Marsh’s investment and what process was undertaken to select the members of the panel.
It is of grave concern to us that the panel that is expected to give recommendations that are of such vital importance to the welfare of our members, is so heavily represented by business interests and lacks any union representation.
On two separate occasions IWGB’s General Secretary reached out to Taylor to set up a 1-2-1 meeting and share views on the so-called “gig economy”, first being ignored and then being told that Taylor was too busy to meet with him.
The IWGB is the most representative trade union for workers in the so-called gig-economy, representing Deliveroo riders, Uber drivers and couriers working for several different companies. The union has brought a number of successful test cases before the employment tribunal, including Dewhurst v CitySprint and Boxer v Excel.
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