Hermes improves working conditions

Delivery firm Hermes and union GMB have agreed on a deal that will improve the working conditions for its couriers, giving them paid holiday and guaranteed wage rates.

The agreement is the first recognition deal of its type and is designed to support the rights of self-employed people. Hermes couriers can now choose to become ‘self-employed plus’, providing a number of benefits such as holiday pay and individually negotiated pay rates that allow couriers to earn at least £8.55 per hour over the year.

Martijn de Lange, Hermes UK CEO, said: "We’re proud to be leading the way with this pioneering development which we hope will encourage other companies to reflect on the employment models they use. We have listened to our couriers and are wholeheartedly committed to offering innovative ways of working to meet peoples’ differing needs.”

Tim Roache, GMB general secretary, added: “Full credit to Hermes. They’re showing that the gig economy doesn’t have to be an exploitative economy and we look forward to working with them through this groundbreaking agreement. Other employers should take notice, this is how it’s done.”

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