GMB starts workers’ rights legal proceedings against DX
The GMB union has officially launched legal proceedings against the delivery company DX in support of six lead claimants who contend that they have been “denied their rights as workers”. In a statement sent to Post&Parcel today (24 April), GMB said: “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.”
As previously reported, GMB won a “workers’ rights” case against Uber in October. Other gig economy and delivery companies – include Deliveroo – have seen legal decisions go against them in recent months.
The claims in the DX case have been brought by the law firm Leigh Day.
The DX group has been much in the headlines of late. Last month, the company announced plans for a potential merger with Menzies Distribution – but it has had to content with calls from one of its biggest shareholders, Gatemore Capital Management, for a change in its management board.