Tribunal rules Addison Lee drivers are workers, not self employed

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A claim that drivers at taxi giant Addison Lee are workers, not self-employed, has been upheld by the Employment Appeal Tribunal, in a "huge win" for workers' rights.

The GMB said courts had agreed "once again" that the firm's drivers are legally entitled to rights such as the national minimum wage and holiday pay.

The union welcomed an EAT decision upholding a finding by an Employment Tribunal last year on behalf of Addison Lee drivers.

The decision will affect thousands of Addison Lee drivers and follows similar "ground-breaking" rulings involving taxi hailing firm Uber and delivery company Hermes, said the GMB.

This is another huge win for GMB over bogus self-employment. Once again, the courts have agreed Addison Lee drivers are legally entitled to workers' rights such as the national minimum wage and holiday pay rights. Other employers should take note - GMB will not stop pursuing these exploitative companies on behalf of our members.

Sue Harris, GMB

Liana Wood, solicitor at Leigh Day who represented the drivers on behalf of the GMB, added:

We are very pleased that the EAT has rejected Addison Lee's appeal. It is clear that Addison Lee's business model of providing a fleet of highly trained, regulated drivers is incompatible with their arguments that drivers are not workers who are entitled to workers' fundamental rights. We hope that Addison Lee will accept this decision; drivers shouldn't have to continue to work very long hours, often in excess of 60 hours per week, to earn just enough to meet their basic living costs.

Liana Wood, solicitor