Breaking news Friday November 10th  - The Employment Appeal Tribunal has upheld a ruling that Uber drivers should be classified as workers. The taxi service appealed against the original tribunal decision, which took place after the GMB union brought claims on behalf of its members in July 2016, identifying their workers as self-employed.

The tribunal found Uber drivers are not self-employed, but workers that are entitled to basic workers’ rights, including holiday pay, a guaranteed minimum wage and an entitlement to breaks.

The ruling will have implications for many delivery companies which rely on self-employed couriers for their final mile deliveries.

Institute of Couriers completed a substantial response to the Taylor Review detailing that the majority of Express companies are bricks and mortar with a solid tradition of self-employment and not in the worker status category.  

Click here for the IOC response to Taylor document

 

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Transport, Taylor & Trailblazer to set the foundations for a Sector code of practice in express and courier for 2020.

A top level line up of govt depts. Is showcased in the draft agenda below. The key briefing in express sector for 2017 at the IoD Pall Mall; do not miss this date, It’s a double diary win to attend the evening's National Courier Awards.

Govt dept. briefings will set the context for round tables to review the foundations for a courier and express sector code of practice for 2020.

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Who's Who turn out to face the challenge of what is employment status in the express sector of courier. The Government's Taylor Review has looked at the evolving gig economy, conventional PAYE, self-employed and then worker as a status in the grey area inbetween. Where does Express fit ?

 

 

 

 

STOP PRESS: 11:15am Tuesday 11 July 2017 - Taylor Review Published

 

Read the Taylor Review Final Report

 

Express sector's Taylor Review submission is ready for you to read. Click below to view what the sector says about worker status in Express

 

Read the Taylor Review Submission

 

Carl Lomas IoC Chair,

Our sector has mixed platforms of employment, operators often have PAYE and self-employed drivers, and some drivers work for more than one company; some drivers may even work in different status for different company. May 2nd Heads of Industry is about the views of the operators. From a recent IoC survey, the round-table and one-to-one interviews, the IoC will submit a response to the Taylor Review.

Professor Tracey Worth leads the round-table questions for the IoC

  1. What characteristics do you most value in your final mile drivers ?
  2. What do you think are the main reasons why your couriers choose their employment status ?
  3. How do you deal with none profitable routes in low density geographics, out of hours ? Lifestyle ?
  4. Why have you chosen mixed employment status for your fleet ?
  5. How do you deal with an unprofitable job in the wrong direction ?
  6. Is there favouritism in allocation of jobs in your driver fleet ?
  7. 84% of operators surveyed agree there should be a code of conduct: what employment characteristics would you want to see in that code of conduct ?

 

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