Couriers are workers, not self-employed, tribunal rules

Group of 65 couriers entitled to employment rights, minimum wage and holiday pay.

A group of Hermes couriers have won their fight to be treated as workers instead of independent contractors in what has been described as one of the most significant victories against exploitation of gig-economy workers.

The judgement mirrors verdicts in cases brought against Uber, Addison LeeCity SprintExcel and eCourier, where judges have ruled that the staff should be given the legal classification as “workers”, thereby receiving the minimum wage and holiday pay.