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8 things Stuart couriers should know about the workers’ rights claim

There’s currently a spotlight on people working in the gig economy and how they are treated. Here, solicitor Gabriel Morrison breaks down what it means to be part of the Stuart workers’ rights claim.

Posted on 10 March 2021

There’s currently a spotlight on people working in the gig economy and how they are treated. Here, solicitor Gabriel Morrison breaks down what it means to be part of the Stuart workers’ rights claim.  

1. This a chance for Stuart couriers to be part of a wider movement 

Uber drivers are now entitled to workers’ rights.

Their case changed the legal test for deciding whether someone is a worker or not, and makes it much harder for Stuart to defend the way it treats its couriers.  

2. Stuart won’t treat couriers who are bringing a claim differently 

Couriers are protected by law from Stuart taking negative action against them for bringing a legal claim.  

Stuart have confirmed that they won’t punish any courier for bringing a legal claim. 

Join the Stuart Courier Claim

3. There’s no reason couriers should have to change the way they work 

Having workers’ rights doesn’t mean couriers need to lose their flexibility. 

Stuart simply needs to make sure it allows couriers to take time off and to pay them for this.  

Stuart also needs to pay its couriers at least minimum wage, taking into account their expenses.  

4. Couriers could be entitled to thousands of pounds in compensation 

The amount each courier receives will depend on individual circumstances.  

We believe that, on average, couriers will be entitled to thousands of pounds in compensation. 

But importantly, only those couriers that join the claim are entitled to compensation. 

5. If the claim is unsuccessful, there’s no cost to you 

Leigh Day is acting under a ‘no win no fee’ agreement, so you don’t have to pay anything unless you win your claim. 

If the claim is successful, Leigh Day will take 25 per cent of the compensation figure plus VAT and there is a 5 per cent discount for IWGB members. 

6. Couriers won’t lose their self-employed status 

Employment law and tax law are different, and workers can still be self-employed for tax purposes.

A self-employed worker is someone who provides services as part of a business carried on by someone else. This means that they get the worker rights such as holiday pay and national minimum wage, but also the freedoms and tax status that come with self-employment.

7. Two tribunals have already ruled in favour of a Stuart courier

An Employment Tribunal and Employment Appeal Tribunal has already found in favour of a Stuart courier who claimed that he should be classed as a worker.

Stuart have once again appealed the ruling.

8. Leigh Day is the leading expert in UK group claims  

As well as representing Stuart couriers, Leigh Day is involved in the Uber claim and is taking similar legal action against Addison Lee and DX.  

The firm also currently represents clients from Asda, Sainsbury’s, TescoMorrisons, the Co-op and Next through its Equal Pay Now campaign. 

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