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The gig is up

The so-called “gig economy”, consisting of private hire drivers,  couriers, and other low paid workers, is infamous for the companies bogusly classing these individuals as “independent contractors” in order  to deprive them of employment rights to which they are legally  entitled. Whilst it’s true that most private hire drivers and couriers  are self-employed, what the tribunals have told us over and over again  is that they are limb (b) workers, a type of self-employed person who is  entitled to rights like minimum wage, paid holidays, pensions,  protection from discrimination, and more. The IWGB has been at the  forefront of waging these test cases to establish rights across these  industries. Important victories have included the cases against Uber,  CitySprint, Addison Lee, and The Doctors Laboratory. In addition to  waging test cases the IWGB also campaigns for better wages, collective  bargaining, and engages actively in the national policy debate on this  topic.