GMB turns its fire on DX as proceedings issued in new gig economy claim

Posted On: 
24th April 2017

Latest 'Uber-style- case sees union target delivery giant over workers' rights

On the back of its success in the Uber case, GMB has officially launched proceedings against another gig economy giant - delivery company DX.

The claims, brought by law firm Leigh Day, are on behalf of six lead claimant DX workers who say they are being denied their rights as workers.

Success in the claims will force DX to reconsider how it treats all its workers.

DX drivers are currently viewed as ‘self-employed contractors’ by DX, meaning that they are denied basic rights such as holiday pay and national minimum wage.

The case is the latest in a series being brought by GMB on behalf of members to tackle the growing trend of bogus self-employment and gig economy exploitation.

In October, GMB won a ground-breaking victory against Uber.

Justin Bowden, GMB National Secretary, said:

“It is high time that gig economy employers like DX stepped up to their responsibilities for those who put in the hours for them.

"GMB will continue to challenge this shameful practice wherever we can.

“Multi-million pound employers need to realise that they cannot continue to avoid basic workers’ rights.”

Michael Newman, of Leigh Day, said:

“We believe that gig economy employers such as DX are trying to avoid their legal responsibilities by dressing up relations with their workers as self-employment.

“We intend to challenge this on behalf of those workers who are losing out.

“The ‘gig economy’ refers to companies operating a system where temporary positions are common and an attempt is made to label those working on short-term engagements as ‘independent contractors’.

“This practice can allow both the company and individual more flexibility in the way they carry out their work.

“However, this flexibility is often used as an excuse to deny individuals security and basic workers' rights.

“GMB is campaigning to eradicate this practice, so that workers are afforded the rights to which they are entitled."