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.