Amazon faces a £140m legal claim from delivery drivers who say they have been unfairly denied their workers’ rights and thousands of pounds in wages.
The law firm is launching a claim against the Leigh Day Company, saying it has wrongly classified drivers as self-employed, denying them vacation pay and the national minimum wage.
If successful, at least 3,000 drivers could be due about £10,500 in compensation, Leigh Day said. That would mean a bill of £140m for Amazon.
Leigh Day argues that drivers are entitled to these rights because of the way Amazon operates. For example, drivers are given an estimated travel time between deliveries through an app that they have to complete.
They are also not able to bring the parcel back to the depot, so must use the extra fuel to be redeployed at the end of the day.
This, combined with charges for van rental, fuel and insurance, could leave them with “very little” earnings, Leigh Day said.
Leigh Day’s Kate Robinson said: “Amazon is short-changing drivers who are delivering on their behalf. This is shameful behavior from a company that makes billions of pounds a year.
“Drivers delivering for Amazon have to work set shifts and book time off, yet Amazon claims they are self-employed.”
This is the latest legal case seeking to emphasize the rights of gig economy workers. Following a Supreme Court ruling earlier this year, Uber began paying compensation to thousands of drivers it had wrongly classified as independent contractors.
Edison Lee’s cab drivers are also in line for payment after a Court of Appeals upheld a ruling that they were entitled to minimum wage from the time they were ready to pick up passengers to log in.
Leigh Day is currently representing the two drivers and is looking for others to join the legal action. At least 31 drivers contacted the firm on Wednesday, a spokesperson said. Granthshala.
Drivers told Lehigh Day that they are given an estimated time between deliveries via an app that they have to complete, and are not able to get the parcel back to the depot, so re-delivered at the end of the day To do this, additional fuel must be used.
The law firm said that when combined with charges for van rental, fuel and insurance, it could leave them with meager income.
Amazon disputed several claims, arguing that drivers are paid at least £120 per day and receive compensation for their fuel costs, not directly contracted by Amazon, and its app. There is an option to follow the suggested route or not, which provides an estimated time for the journey.
“We are extremely proud of the drivers who work with our partners across the country to give our customers what they want, when they want, wherever they are,” an Amazon spokesperson said.
“We are committed to ensuring that these drivers are properly compensated by the delivery companies they work with and are treated with respect, and this is reflected in the positive feedback we receive from drivers every day. Hear from.”
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