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After a long legal battle led by the Independent Workers’ Union of Great Britain (IWGB), the Supreme Court has ruled that Deliveroo riders are self-employed.

This means that Deliveroo riders are unable to negotiate pay and conditions with the company – something they tried to do previously, which led to the IWGB taking the matter to the Supreme Court.

It was ruled that those working for the company couldn’t be considered employees due to a number of reasons, including:

  • Not having specified hours
  • Being able to work for rival companies
  • Being able to appoint someone else to work in their place

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A Deliveroo spokesperson said: “UK courts repeatedly and at every level have confirmed that Deliveroo riders are self-employed, and this now includes the Supreme Court, the highest court in the country.

“This is a positive judgment for Deliveroo riders, who value the flexibility that self-employed work offers.”

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