In a blow to Deliveroo riders, the High Court has today ruled that they are not entitled to collective bargaining.
Dismissing a judicial review challenge brought by the Independent Workers Union of Great Britain, the High Court has stated that there was “limited” impact on the riders’ human rights.
“The personal service obligation does not prevent riders from belonging to the union if they choose to do so, or to prevent the making of voluntary arrangements,” Justice Supperstone added.
The union will appeal, it said in a statement. IWGB General Secretary Jason Moyer-Lee said: “Today’s judgement is a terrible one, not just in terms of what it means for low paid Deliveroo riders, but also in terms of understanding the European Convention on Human Rights. Deliveroo riders should be entitled to basic worker rights as well as to the ability to be represented by trade unions to negotiate pay and terms and conditions. The IWGB will appeal this decision and continue to fight for these rights until we are victorious”.
The Deliveroo riders wanted collective bargaining to negotiate terms and conditions and holidays.