Uber faces legal action in UK over drivers' rights

2015-08-13 Philip posted:

Uber, the taxi-app firm, is facing legal action over whether it affords its drivers basic rights and treats them as employees rather than “partners” or “contractors”.

Proceedings are being brought by the GMB union which represents many professional drivers. According to GMB, Uber does not abide by the law in relation to the pay, holiday allowance, or health and safety of its drivers.

“Uber not only pays the drivers but it also effectively controls how much passengers are charged and requires drivers to follow particular routes. As well as this, it uses a ratings system to assess drivers’ performance.We believe that it’s clear from the way Uber operates that it owes the same responsibilities towards its drivers as any other employer does to its workers. In particular, its drivers should not be denied the right to minimum wage and paid leave. Uber should also take responsibility for its drivers, making sure they take regular rest breaks.

The case will highlight again the issue of whether someone is an employee or is self employed. Someone’s employment status is important in determining their right to holiday pay, sick pay, parental benefits and pay along with many other rights an employee – but not someone who is self-employed can assert in an Employment Tribunal.

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