Deliveroo promises sick pay and holiday for riders if Government changes flexible working laws

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Deliveroo has promised sick pay and paid leave to riders if the Government changes the laws surrounding flexible workers.

The food delivery company is calling for a change in legislation which would mean riders would enjoy employment benefits while maintaining the flexibility they want.

The firm said current employment law prevents companies from extending entitlements without calling into question the status of its riders, who are classed as self-employed. 

In a submission to a Government review of the ‘on demand’ economy, Deliveroo said – if it was to offer those entitlements under current law – it would undermine the flexibility that comes with riders being able to log in and log off at will.


Flexibility: Deliveroo said current laws prevent it from offering employment benefits (REUTERS)

If riders were reclassified, they would be required to work in compulsory sessions arranged with Deliveroo in advance and to work exclusively for the company during those sessions.

The company said if the laws were changed in the UK, it would be able to offer its riders benefits such as sick pay, insurance or shares for longstanding riders.

Chief executive Will Shu said: “When I founded Deliveroo four years ago, I was the only rider delivering to customers all over London.

“I still do deliveries every week so I know better than anyone the hard work that Deliveroo riders put in every day. 

“It’s only right that they’re given the security they deserve whilst keeping the flexibility that they value.

“The on-demand economy has changed the way people work and live. We want an environment in which both workers and businesses benefit from the opportunities these changes provide.”

The Government review is expected to be published next week.

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