CitySprint accused of 'making a mockery' of employment rights

Union criticises courier firm after it changed workers’ contracts rather than give them minimum wage and holiday pay

Courier firm CitySprint has been accused of “making a mockery” of Britain’s employment rights system after changing couriers’ contracts rather than handing them the minimum wage and holiday pay despite losing an employment tribunal case on the issue.

CitySprint, which has 3,500 self-employed couriers in the UK, said it had dropped an appeal against a ruling by the central London employment tribunal that it had unlawfully failed to award holiday pay to Mags Dewhurst and had wrongly classed her as a self-employed freelancer. But the company said it had now changed contracts for all its cycle couriers.

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