Hermes drivers ordered to work “mandatory” Sundays due to Black Friday blitz

By December 2, 2016Uncategorized

The courier company Hermes has notified some of its drivers that it is “mandatory” to work on the two Sundays after Black Friday due to the increased demand over the sales weekend. However, Hermes insists that its couriers “are not obligated to work on either of those Sundays” and that the instruction was a “rogue message”. This story follows concerns raised by Labour MP Frank Field about the potential road safety risks associated with couriers working seven-day weeks over the Christmas season. This is another example of criticism levelled at a business operating in the gig economy regarding working conditions.