Self proclaimed “Europe’s largest minicab company” Addison Lee are facing fresh pressure to improve workers pay and benefits from campaigners who are targeting its corporate clients to ensure UN accords are enforced.
Addison Lee has a number of companies that have accounts with the private hire firm that have signed up to International standards on ethical suppliers under the United Nations Global Compact, and now campaigners are pressing those organisations to consider their accounts with the company that has been under pressure to improve driver standards.
The independent Workers Union Of Great Britain(IWGB) have approached Deutsche Bank, who have an account with Addison Lee in London, stating that the German finance giant’s own vendor code of conduct obliges it to recognise the right to collective bargaining and minimum and prevailing wages and benefits.
Any company that markets itself to have great codes of conduct to enhance itself yet uses firms that have questionable working practices should be highlighted and in this case the IWGB will approach the UN Secretary General to ask that the bank be removed from the compact agreement.
The new approach by unions battling the gig economy comes as many firms such as Addison Lee, Uber and Deliveroo fight against the introduction of employees rights.