Jason Galbraith-Marten QC and Sarah Fraser Butlin act for cycle couriers in fundamental challenge to courier industry’s employment practice


Jason Galbraith-Marten QC and Sarah Fraser Butlin are instructed by the Independent Workers Union of Great Britain (IWGB) to act for a number of cycle couriers who are bringing claims against some of the major courier companies.  

The cycle couriers are claiming holiday pay and seeking a written statement under s1 Employment Rights Act 1996 to establish that they are not self-employed contractors but are, at the very least, workers.  

Once an individual is a worker, then they gain a number of rights including the right to holiday pay. The cases represent a fundamental challenge to how the entire courier industry operates. 

The companies claim that their couriers have complete flexibility over when, whether and how they work. The claimants argue that in fact the couriers are completely controlled by the companies, including with GPS tracking devices to ensure that they follow instructions as to their route.

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