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GMB Slams 'Gibberish' Gig Economy Contracts

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

 

 

 

Work and Pensions Committee publishes Uber, Hermes, Deliveroo and Amazon contracts.

GMB today warned workers were being pressured to sign away their rights at work by employers.

The union’s warning comes as the House of Commons Work and Pensions Committee publishes the contracts it has received in its inquiry into self-employment and the gig economy, including from  Uber, Hermes, Deliveroo and Amazon.

The Committee had requested copies of the contracts after concerns were raised about them.

Frank Field, chair of the Committee branded Uber’s contract “gibberish” and “almost unintelligible”.

GMB won a landmark employment tribunal case against Uber in October 2017, successfully arguing that its drivers were workers rather than self-employed. [1]

Tim Roache, GMB General Secretary said:

“Workers are being lied to and obliged to sign their rights away by corporations using every trick in the book.

“All the forced self-employment contracts being brought to us by members are not just nonsense, they are unlawful.

“Bogus self-employment is rife in the 'gig economy', it's bad for workers, bad for taxpayers who underwrite low pay, and bad for the economy.

“These multi-national companies make a fortune, but reward their workers with job insecurity and denial of the most basic rights of employment rights, like the right to the minimum wage, holiday pay, and sick pay.

“GMB will challenge every bogus contract given to our members to ensure we have workers' rights fit for the twenty first century."

ENDS

GMB press office on 07958 156846 or at press.office@gmb.org.uk

NOTES TO EDITORS

GMB Wins Monumental Victory In Employment Case Against Uber (28/10/16) - http://www.gmb.org.uk/newsroom/GMB-wins-uber-case

 

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