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UK drivers delivering for Amazon seek employee rights

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LONDON, Oct 13 (Reuters) – Thousands of Britons delivering gadgets for Amazon (AMZN.O) ought to obtain entitlements such because the minimal wage, in keeping with a legislation agency which is launching an employee rights declare towards the U.S. large.

At least 3,000 folks making deliveries through ‘Delivery Service Partners’ are at the moment self-employed however needs to be reclassified as workers with rights comparable to sick pay, in keeping with legislation agency Leigh Day.

Total compensation may attain 140 million kilos ($191 million), it mentioned.

“Drivers delivering for Amazon have to work set shifts and book time off, yet Amazon claim they are self-employed,” mentioned Kate Robinson, a solicitor within the employment staff.

The motion is certainly one of many in a long-running battle with companies over how folks needs to be categorized at work. The Supreme Court dominated towards Uber on employee rights earlier in 2021.

In a press release, Amazon mentioned: “We are committed to ensuring these drivers are fairly compensated by the delivery companies they work with and are treated with respect, and this is reflected by the positive feedback we hear from drivers every day.”

($1 = 0.7336 kilos)

Reporting by Costas Pitas; enhancing by Sarah Young

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