Amazon sued for employment rights by UK drivers

UK employment law specialists Leigh Day is bringing a class action lawsuit to Amazon’s UK arm, arguing that the drivers it uses through contractors are full time employees.

Currently Amazon classes those drivers as self-employed. If legal action succeeds, those drivers will be entitled to sick pay, minimum wage and holiday pay.

Leigh Day has begun the action on behalf of two drivers and has invited other drivers to join them to take on the online giant.

This is not the first such legal action taken by the law firm. It won a landmark workers’ rights case on behalf of Uber drivers in February, and says that if it wins against Amazon, some 3,000 drivers could be entitled to £100 million in compensation between them.

Kate Robinson, a Leigh Day employment solicitor, said: “It appears that Amazon is short-changing drivers making deliveries on their behalf.

“Drivers delivering for Amazon have to work set shifts and book time off, yet Amazon claim they are self-employed.”
She added that that millions of pounds of compensation would be “a drop in the ocean” to Amazon.

“For drivers on the other hand, earning at least National Minimum Wage, getting holiday pay and being under a proper employment contract could be life-changing,” she added.

Ms Robinson stressed that it was “time for Amazon to stop putting profit above people”.

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