UK drivers delivering for Amazon seek employee rights

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LONDON, Oct 13 (Businesshala) – Thousands of Britons who distribute items for Amazon (AMZN.O) should receive rights such as minimum wage, according to a law firm that is launching employee rights claims against the US giant.

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At least 3,000 people who make deliveries through ‘Delivery Service Partners’ are currently self-employed, but should be reclassified as employees with rights such as sick pay, according to law firm Leigh Day.

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The total compensation could reach 140 million pounds ($191 million), it said.

“Drivers who deliver for Amazon work set shifts and book time off, yet Amazon claims they are self-employed,” said Kate Robinson, an attorney with the employment team.

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The action is one of many in a long-running battle with firms over how people should be classified at work. The Supreme Court had earlier ruled on labor rights against Uber in 2021.

In a statement, Amazon said: “We are committed to ensuring that these drivers are properly compensated by the delivery companies they work with and are treated with respect, and this is fueled by positive feedback.” reflected what we hear from drivers every day.”

($1 = 0.7336 pounds)

Reporting by Costas Pitas; Editing by Sarah Young

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