Amazon sees a legal claim in the amount of 140 million
Leigh Day law firm files a lawsuit against the company saying it has falsely classified drivers as self-employed and denied them vacation pay and the national minimum wage.
If successful, at least 3,000 drivers could be eligible for compensation of around £ 10,500 each, Leigh Day said. That would translate into a £ 140 million bill for Amazon.
Leigh Day argues that drivers have these rights because of the way Amazon tells them how to work. For example, an app provides drivers with estimated travel times between deliveries that they have to adhere to.
Neither can you bring parcels back to the depot, so at the end of the day you have to use additional fuel for the redelivery.
That, combined with fees for truck rental, fuel and insurance, can bring them “very little” income, Leigh Day said.
Kate Robinson of Leigh Day said: “Amazon is short of drivers to make deliveries on their behalf. This is nefarious behavior by a company that makes billions of pounds a year.
“Drivers who deliver for Amazon have to work fixed shifts and book vacations, but Amazon claims to be self-employed.”
It is the most recent legal battle to assert the rights of gig economy workers. After a Supreme Court ruling earlier this year, Uber began paying compensation to thousands of drivers it had mistakenly classified as independent contractors.
Addison Lee taxi drivers are also standing for payouts after the appeals court upheld a ruling that from the time they signed up as ready to take passengers to the time they check out, Be entitled to the minimum wage.
Leigh Day is currently representing two drivers and is looking for more to join the lawsuit. At least 31 drivers contacted the company on Wednesday, a spokesman said The independent one.
Drivers told Leigh Day that an app gives them estimated times between deliveries that they must meet and that they cannot bring packages back to the depot, so they will have to use extra fuel for re-delivery at the end of the day.
Combined with fees for van rental, fuel, and insurance, this can result in meager revenues, the law firm said.
Amazon denied many of the claims, arguing that drivers are paid at least £ 120 a day and are compensated for their fuel costs, are not contacted directly by Amazon, and have the option of whether or not to follow the suggested route on their app. which provides estimated times for journeys.
“We are very proud of the drivers who work with our partners across the country and give our customers what they want, when they want and wherever they are,” said an Amazon spokesman.
“We are committed to ensuring that these drivers are fairly rewarded and treated with respect by the delivery companies they work with, which is reflected in the positive feedback we hear from drivers every day.”