Deliveroo has signed a deal with GMB Union which will cover the company’s 90,000 riders and recognises that they are self-employed.
The Voluntary Partnership Agreement will see GMB have rights to collective bargaining on pay and consultation rights on benefits and other issues, including riders’ health, safety and wellbeing. The union will also be able to represent individual riders who are GMB members in disputes, giving them a stronger voice.
The agreement recognises that Deliveroo riders are self-employed, following a series of UK court judgements which have confirmed this status.
Mick Rix, GMB National Officer, said the deal was the first of its kind in the world. “Tens of thousands of riders for one of the world’s largest online food delivery services will now be covered by a collective agreement that gives them a voice – including pay talks, guaranteed earnings and representation in times of difficult.” He called it a “blueprint for those working in the platform self-employed sector”.
Will Shu, Deliveroo founder and CEO, said: “We are delighted to partner with the GMB in this first-of-its-kind voluntary agreement, giving self-employed riders flexibility, guaranteed earnings, representation and benefits. Deliveroo has long called for riders to have both flexibility and security and this innovative agreement is exactly the sort of partnership the on-demand economy should be based on.”
“This voluntary partnership is based on a shared commitment between the GMB and Deliveroo to rider welfare and wellbeing. Together, we are focusing on what matters most to riders. Deliveroo was amongst the first platforms to offer riders free insurance, which we have extended to cover periods of illness and support for new parents, and we are proud to be able to build on that with this new partnership.”