Three taxi drivers have become embroiled in a legal row with London taxi firm Addison Lee, whom they will challenge on grounds of unfair dismissal and a failure to pay the national minimum wage.
The news comes after the trio had their contracts swiftly terminated, following a GMB protest which saw private hire drivers block off Russell Square in London.
The protest was held in a hope Addison Lee would reconsider controversial changes recently written into its employment contracts.
According to reports, Addison Lee had requested an increase in commission levels expected from its drivers, which came alongside several changes to the terms and conditions of its contracts – the details of which remain undisclosed.
Since the unnamed trio were dismissed from work, the London taxi drivers have lodged a number of claims with an arbitration body and hope to appear in Court soon.
The news follows ongoing Court cases involving the likes of Uber and Deliveroo – which have seen drivers and contractors challenge their respective employers in Court over workers’ rights in recent weeks.
Commenting on the Addison Lee case, Gary Pearce, GMB regional officer, said: “Addison Lee has been caught red handed, unfairly targeting and punishing private hire drivers simply for seeking to protect their rights at work.
“Addison Lee’s attitude towards these drivers is completely unacceptable.
“By victimising those who simply want a fair deal and to prevent exploitation, the company is seeking to bully its remaining workers into silence,” he added.