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Hermes and GMB in ground-breaking gig economy deal

Hermes and GMB in ground-breaking gig economy deal
Published on: 16 July 2019
Published by: LexisPSL
  • Hermes and GMB in ground-breaking gig economy deal
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  • What is the background to the deal struck between Hermes and the GMB union, allowing couriers to choose to be ‘self-employed plus’?
  • Can you explain how the deal works as a ‘collective bargaining agreement’?
  • What are the key practical differences between the current terms for couriers and those who opt to be ‘self-employed plus’ couriers?
  • Will the ‘self-employed plus’ courier arrangement impact upon the legal status of the couriers for the purpose of employment rights and tax?
  • Do you think the deal between Hermes and the GMB will start a trend for other businesses in the ‘gig economy’ to enter into similar deals with unions?
  • What should lawyers be advising clients about the pros and cons of such a brokering such an arrangement?

Article summary

Employment analysis: A deal between a courier firm and one of the UK’s largest trade unions potentially offers an inroad into some of the unfair impasses that the so-called ‘gig economy’ has come to be associated with. Jacqueline McGuigan, solicitor at TMP Solicitors, gives an appraisal of what the deal is, and is not. or take a trial to read the full analysis.

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