UK Tribunal Says Local Uber Drivers Are Employees

An employment tribunal in the UK has concluded that Uber drivers in the country are not independent contractors and instead, employees of the ride-hailing company.

At the heart of the case were James Farrar and Yaseen Aslam, two men challenging Uber on behalf of a group of 19 drivers. They alleged that the company had denied them basic protections awarded to employees by suggesting that they were self-employed.

The ruling means that Uber must ensure its drivers in the UK receive a minimum wage and paid time off, points which will conflict with the firm’s current hiring model that involves workers without formal contracts.

In an interview with The New York Times after the tribunal ruling, Aslam said thousands of drivers will be affected by the decision.

“You can hide behind technology, but the laws are there, and they need to be obeyed and respected. The impact of this ruling could affect thousands of drivers, and not just drivers but millions of workers across the U.K. It just means we can’t be exploited,” he said.

This isn’t the first time Uber has caused headlines in the UK. In September, London’s regulator of public transportation, Transport for London, decided against renewing Uber’s license to operate in the capital city.

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  • gary4205

    That will be the end of Uber.

    There are problems with Uber, but contract labor isn’t one of them.

    I would hate to live, work, or try to have a business in the UK.

    • SteersUright

      Lol…why are you so mad at the UK? Why are you so mad at Uber? Why are you so mad in general?
      End of Uber? I do hope you’re not a financial advisor. Did you miss the other article where Uber just received another $10 billion dollars?

      • Status

        gary just doesn’t like change. He doesn’t like things he can’t be bothered to learn about, and if it was invented after 1975, it’s doesn’t interest him. He’s in favour of taxi’s because he knows what they are, but since he doesn’t understand what ‘an uber’ is, he automatically defaults to rejection of the entire system.

        He’s willfully ignorant of everything, and doesn’t make any effort to learn more of world. He is a living and breathing embodiment of the stereotypical ignorant American who has never seen a map. Further compounding this is that he’s east Texan, and a Baptist.

  • KareKakk

    So, they want to get paid even if they have no customers during the day. Cab drivers have a logic of their own.

    • SteersUright

      If über wants an army of drivers to sit around on-call, then yes, they should pay them and provide benefits too.

      • KareKakk

        Afaik the Uber drivers log on whenever they want to. They are self-employed, run their own business/company and own the car they drive. As more or less any taxi company in the world arrange their business. If the drivers want benefits, they need to change job and get employed as a burger flipper by companies like McDonalds.

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