GMB Union and Hermes

In 2019, GMB (a union affiliated to the Trades Union Congress ) and the delivery company Hermes signed a collective bargaining agreement in the UK for self-employed couriers in the platform economy.

Hermes’ self-employed couriers are entitled to take holiday pay and have guaranteed earnings following a ground-breaking deal between the leading consumer delivery company and GMB Union. In early 2019, GMB and Hermes signed the first-ever collective bargaining agreement in the UK for self-employed couriers in the platform economy. The agreement aims to protect the rights of self-employed worker who provide courier services to Hermes. Hermes couriers have the option to become ‘self-employed plus’, which provides a number of benefits such as holiday pay (pro-rata up to 28 days), and individually negotiated pay rates that allow couriers to earn at least £8.55 (€9.49) per hour over the year. The agreement was achieved after 200 Hermes drivers took the platform to court and the employment tribunal recognised they were workers and not self-employed in summer 2018.

Metadata

  • Initiative
  • Negotiation of working conditions, Organising and representing workers
  • United Kingdom
  • Employee organisation, Platform
  • Yes
  • transport
  • On-location platform-determined routine work
  • Hermes
  • representation, industrial relations, social dialogue, social protection
  • English
  • 2021
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