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UK union sues Amazon for courier classification
Jun. 4, 2018 7:30 AMSA Editor Brandy Betz
The GMB Union in the UK is filing suit against Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) on behalf of couriers for three delivery companies the e-commerce giant uses.
The lawsuit accuses the suppliers of falsely claiming the drivers are self-employed rather than employees, which denies them employment rights like a minimum wage and holiday pay.
The suppliers are Prospect Commercials, Box Group, and Lloyd Link Logistics.
Key quote from Amazon’s statement to TechCrunch: “Our delivery providers are contractually obligated to ensure drivers they engage receive the National Living Wage and are expected to pay a minimum of £12 per hour, follow all applicable laws and driving regulations and drive safely. Allegations to the contrary do not represent the great work done by around 100 small businesses generating thousands of work opportunities for delivery drivers across the UK.”
Amazon shares are up 0.4% premarket to $1,647.92.
Previously: FT: UK union investigation raises Amazon warehouse concerns (June 1)