(Corrects first paragraph to say the drivers are part of
Parcelforce Worldwide, not Royal Mail, and fixes company name to
Royal Mail Group Ltd. Also changes source in third paragraph to
"Parcelforce Worldwide spokesman" from "Royal Mail spokesman")
Dec 12 (Reuters) - Four courier drivers at Parcelforce
Worldwide have filed a legal action against its parent Royal
Mail Group Ltd over employment rights, the law firm representing
the workers said on Tuesday.
The claims, launched in the Employment Tribunal by GMB
union, alleges a "failure by Royal Mail to pay the Parcelforce
drivers the national minimum wage and holiday pay," law firm
Leigh Day said in an email.
"We are aware that a case has been filed. We do not comment
on ongoing legal cases," a Parcelforce Worldwide spokesman said.
The drivers also claim Royal Mail Group should give them
"paternity pay, sick pay and employee protections such as
protection from discrimination." The couriers are classed as
self-employed and not entitled to the same right as employees,
the law firm added.
A first hearing will be held at the Employment Tribunal on
The Communications Workers Union has been at odds with Royal
Mail since April over its plans to save billions of pounds on
its pension contributions and has attempted to call a strike.
(Reporting by Noor Zainab Hussain in Bengaluru; editing by
First Published: 2017-12-12 15:16:45
Updated 2017-12-12 23:42:11
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