Independent Workers Union of Great Britain v Central Arbitration Committee & Roofoods Ltd t/a Deliveroo [2021]

Posted In: Case Law
  • Decision Number
    EWCA Civ 952
  • Legal Body
    England and Wales Court of Appeal (EWCA)
  • Type of Claim / Jurisdiction
    Contracts of Employment, Collective and Trade Union Issues, A-Typical Working
Issues covered: Freedom of Association; Trade Union Activity

This case concerned delivery drivers for Deliveroo who worked under ‘supplier agreements’ which were non-negotiable. In that agreement they are defined as ‘independent contractors’ and that there is no obligation upon Deliveroo to provide work nor is there an obligation on the rider to accept jobs. The riders are also able to substitute their work regardless of whether the substitute is also under the supplier agreement.

The IWGB applied for a group of Deliveroo riders to be recognised for collective bargaining purposes. This was rejected by the Committee on the basis that they were not workers as required under Section 296(1) of the Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act.


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This article is correct at 24/06/2021

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