Amazon could owe a total of £ 140million in compensation to thousands of drivers delivering its packages, law firm says who is launching a collective complaint on their behalf.
Drivers who deliver for Amazon through its "delivery service partners" hist classified as self-employed, which means they are not entitled to employee rights such as paid vacation and minimum wage, while they also do not have an employment contract.
Law firm Leigh Day estimates that at least 3,000 drivers are affected and could be entitled to an average compensation of £ 10,500 for each year of delivery to the online retail giant. He believes Amazon could owe drivers a total of £ 140million in compensation.
Leigh Day argues that the work of the drivers and the how they fit into the business is dictated by Amazon, and, therefore, believes that they should have more rights.
drivers described to the law firm how the app gives them an estimate of the travel times between deliveries, which they mustwind respect. They are also unable to return packages to the Amazon depot, so they have to use additional fuel to deliver them again at the end of the day.
After paying for the rental of the vehicle and insurance, the drivers say they often end up with meager income.
Leigh Day said he had launched a collective complaint on behalf of two delivery drivers and was no longer seeking to join the lawsuit.
Kate Robinson, a so-called lawyer at the The company's employment team said, “Amazon is bypassing drivers who make deliveries on their behalf. This is shameful behavior from a company that earns billions of pounds a year.
"Drivers delivering for Amazon have to work shifts work and book time off, yet Amazon claims they arent self-employed.
"For drivers, earning at least the national minimum wage, receiving paid vacation and having a proper employment contract could be life-changing . "
Amazon has said it is committed to ensuring that drivers are fairly compensated by the delivery companies they work with.
He added: "We are extremely proud of the drivers who work with our partners across the country, giving our customers what they want, when they want it, where that they are.
Leigh Day brought and won a emblematic case of labor rights for Uber drivers who had demanded the fundamental rights of workers, including minimum wage and paid holidays, which was expected to lead to better terms for millions of workers in the gig economy .
The law firm represented more than 2,000 drivers Uber having claims related to the case, which were victorious in February when the UK Supreme Court dismissed Uber's appeal against an earlier Labor Court decision.
Uber, like many other delivery and courier companies, had argued that its drivers were self-employed and not entitled to the rights that workers enjoy.