Hermes UK agrees SE+ pay deal with GMB

Hermes UK and the GMB union have agreed a new pay deal for Hermes UK’s ‘Self-Employed Plus’ (SE+) drivers, as well as an agreement for the GMB to secure further pay deals and benefits in the future.

The agreement follows the creation of the SE+ driver category in 2019 that was a first in the industry. It is designed to support the rights of its self-employed workers, including paid holiday and guaranteed minimum payment rates.

Effective 27th of March, the SE+ drivers have been receiving greater pay per parcel collection as well as additional incentives.

Since the job classification was created by Hermes in 2019, it is estimated that 70% of Hermes drivers have gone over to SE+, totalling around 20,000 couriers. The category allows them to have the freedom of self-employment and to work around their family or other work commitments.

Martijn de Lange, CEO at Hermes UK, said: “When we announced our deal in 2019 we committed to continuing to develop our support for the rights of self- employed workers. Independent research shows that over three quarters of our SE+ couriers believe that their health and wellbeing has improved as a result of having paid holidays.  This is particularly important given the challenging events of the past year where they have played a vital role in ensuring that people have been able to get essential items delivered safely.”

Mick Rix, GMB National Officer, said: “Hermes is continuing to show other companies that looking after those who work for you is not just the right thing to do, it’s good for business. Couriers now have a real voice in their workplace and the right to take holidays and the right to guaranteed pay. These are basic rights that the GMB has fought hard for on behalf of members and the continuing evolvement of this deal shows the gig economy doesn’t have to rip off workers and that exploitative employers need to sit up and take notice.”

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