- 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?
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.
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