DPD raises pay and scraps fines after driver's death

Delivery firm to pay at least £8.75 an hour and drop £150 charge for missing work following Don Lane’s death Self-employed couriers working for the gig-economy delivery firm DPD will receive a guaranteed minimum wage of £8.75 an hour, as part of reforms following the death of a self-employed driver who missed hospital appointments because of the need to keep working or be charged. The proposal is thought to be the first of its kind by a major firm using self-employed gig workers in a system which has previously transferred most of the risk of achieving steady earnings on to workers who have been paid per delivery. The minimum rate will be £10.20 an hour in London and each self-employed driver will have their earnings and hours assessed quarterly by independent auditors. Continue reading...