May 2, 2018 / 8:44 AM / a year ago

UK court rejects union bid to overturn Deliveroo worker rights decision

LONDON, May 1 (Reuters) - The High Court rejected an application by a British trade union to review a decision not to allow it to represent food courier Deliveroo’s riders in a part of London as it pushes for workers’ rights in the gig economy.

The Independent Workers Union of Great Britain (IWGB) had sought 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.

Britain’s Central Arbitration Committee rejected the move in November and the IWGB had gone to the High Court to seek a judicial review.

Deliveroo’s Managing Director for the UK and Ireland Dan Warne welcomed the verdict.

“This decision is a victory for riders who have overwhelmingly told us the flexibility to choose when they work, and where they want, that comes with self employment is their number one reason for riding with Deliveroo,” he said.

IWGB General Secretary Jason Moyer-Lee told Reuters the union would be renewing its application.

“We vehemently disagree with the judge’s reasoning,” he said. (Reporting by Costas Pitas; Editing by Alistair Smout)

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