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Excel cycle courier was a worker, not a self-employed contractor

March 30, 2017

 

 

An employment tribunal has held that an Excel cycle courier was a worker rather than being in business on his own account, therefore succeeding in his claim for a week's holiday pay.

 

The case applies the recent Court of Appeal decision in Pimlico Plumbers Limited and shares similarities with recent claims against Uber in October 2016 and Citysprint in January 2017.

 

This case is the second of four employment status cases in the London Central Employment Tribunal against courier companies. The first was the Citysprint case mentioned above. The remaining two are against eCourier and Addison Lee. Nevertheless, this case is likely to be of limited significance because Excel did not produce any evidence or attend the hearing. This was because the respondent Excel company had gone into liquidation, although the business has been purchased by Citysprint.

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