Tribunal finds bike courier should get equal rights to full-time workers

In a case that could have implications for others in the “gig economy”, bike courier Maggie Dewhurst has won the right to be classed as a worker, rather than self employed.

Working with City Sprint, Dewhurst has won the right to holiday and sick pay, as well as living wage rights.

In force since April first, the new National Living Wage of £7.20 per hour is granted to working people aged 25 and over. The couriers, classed as independent contractors, have been fighting for these rights.

Friday’s ruling does apply only to Ms Dewhurst, but as pointed out by the BBC, will only amplify the voice of those working such jobs to be treated on an equal footing to full-time employees.

A series of four legal challenges is now said to be in the works against the likes of Addison Lee, Excel and E-courier, who all employ on a job-by-job basis.

City Sprint has said it will review the case in detail.