GMB scores landmark win against Hermes

27 June 2018

Leeds Employment Tribunal has found that a group of Hermes couriers were workers and were entitled to employment rights and to receive the national minimum wage and holiday pay.

The case, which was heard by the Leeds Employment Tribunal in April and May 2018, was brought by trade union GMB on behalf of 65 couriers, although the decision is predicted to impact on Hermes’ wider network of 14,500 couriers who are engaged under the same contract.

There will now be a further hearing in the Employment Tribunal to calculate the holiday pay, national minimum wage and any unlawful deductions due back that the couriers should receive.

Tim Roache, GMB general secretary, said: “This is yet another ruling that shows the gig economy for what it is, old-fashioned exploitation under a shiny new facade. Bosses can’t just pick and choose which laws to obey. ’Workers’ right were hard won, and the GMB isn’t about to sit back and let them be eroded or removed by the latest loophole employers have come up with to make a few extra quid.”

Tim Roache also goes onto say “Not only will this judgement directly affect more than 14,000 Hermes couriers across the country, it’s another nail in the coffin of the exploitative bogus self-employment model which is increasingly rife across the UK. We urge Hermes to sit down with us and have a meaningful discussion.”


The full press release is available from GMB.