Leigh Day is moving against online retail giant Amazon and says as its van drivers are classified as self-employed they do not get workers’ rights like holiday pay and an employment contract
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Amazon could be hit with a £140million compensation claim for its army of delivery drivers.
A law firm is launching moves against the online giant over workers’ rights.
Leigh Day claims thousands of drivers could be entitled to an average of £10,500 compensation for each year they have delivered for the company.
Amazon’s van drivers are classified as self-employed, meaning they do not benefit from rights such as holiday pay and an employment contract, the law firm said.
It added that at least 3,000 drivers could be able to claim for employee rights.
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Kate Robinson, a solicitor in the employment team of Leigh Day said: “Amazon is short-changing drivers making deliveries on their behalf.
“This is disgraceful behaviour from a company that makes billions of pounds a year.
“Drivers delivering for Amazon have to work set shifts and book time off, yet Amazon claim they are self-employed.”
Delivery driver Bill Lightfoot, whose name has been changed to protect his identity, said: “The work is horrendous because Amazon control everything you do.
“There were times I was out on delivery, and I’d stop for a few minutes, and they’d ring up and ask why I was parked up.”
Amazon hit back, saying. “We’re hugely proud of the drivers who work with our partners across the country, getting our customers what they want, when they want, wherever they are.
“We are committed to ensuring these drivers are fairly compensated by the delivery companies they work with and are treated with respect, and this is reflected by the positive feedback we hear from drivers every day.”