Worker status for Uber Drivers

The Employment Tribunal has today ruled that two Uber drives are ‘workers’ within the meaning of the Employment Rights Act 1996. Two drivers have argued that Uber was unlawfully failing to provide drivers with basic employment rights. The drivers claim that they are not self employed and argue they are in fact workers which entitles them to certain employment rights. Uber argued that its drivers are self employed and that they can chose where and when they drive and are therefore independent contractors or self employed. The decision of the…

Clamp down for Employers who call spade a shovel

Ride hailing app Uber has won attention for revolutionising the taxi business worldwide, but is now grabbing headlines for different reasons, following legal action by drivers claiming workers’ rights. The GMB Union brought the action on behalf of a group of Uber drivers, who are described as self-employed ‘partners’ by Uber. The action argues that as Uber pays the drivers and effectively controls charging rates and the route taken, they owe the same responsibility as any employer does to its workers, including the minimum wage, paid leave and making sure…

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