Ebene News – GB – Uber drivers are non-self-employed, according to Supreme Court rules

Taxi app company Uber should classify its drivers as workers rather than self-employed, UK Supreme Court ruled

Decision means tens of thousands of Uber drivers will be entitled to minimum wage and vacation pay

The move could leave Uber with a hefty compensation bill and have wider consequences for the odd-job economy

In a long-standing legal battle, Uber appealed to the Supreme Court after losing three previous rounds

Former Uber drivers James Farrar and Yaseen Aslam, who initially won an employment tribunal against the transport apps giant in October 2016, told the BBC they were “delighted and relieved” by the decision

“I think it’s a huge achievement in that we were able to pit ourselves against a giant,” said M Aslam, President of the & Couriers Union (ADCU) Drivers App

“We didn’t give up and we were consistent – no matter what we went through emotionally, physically or financially, we held on”

Uber appealed the labor court decision, but the employment appeal court upheld the decision in November 2017

The taxi enforcement company for the ride then took the case to the High Court, which again upheld the ruling in December 2018

Friday’s decision was Uber’s last appeal, as the Supreme Court is Britain’s highest court and has final say on legal matters

Looking at these and other factors, the court determined that the drivers were in a position of subordination to Uber, with the only way to increase their income being to work more hours

A key point of the Supreme Court ruling is that Uber must consider its drivers to be “workers” from the time they log into the app, until they log out

Uber drivers typically spend time waiting for people to book rides on the app Previously, the company said if the drivers were workers, it would only count the time during rides when a passenger is in the car

“It’s a win-win-win solution for drivers, passengers and cities This means that Uber now has the right economic incentives not to overload the market with too many vehicles and too many drivers”, said James Farrar, secretary general of ADCU

However, questions remain about how the new classification will work and how it will affect workers in the odd-job economy who work not only for Uber, but other competing apps as well.

M Aslam, who says Uber’s practices forced him out of the business because he couldn’t make ends meet, plans to become a pilot for the app again. But he’s upset that it took so long

“It took us six years to establish what we should have achieved in 2015 Someone somewhere, in the government or in the regulator, massively let down these workers, many of whom are in a precarious position,” did he declare

M Farrar points out that with fares falling 80% due to pandemic, many drivers are struggling financially and feel trapped in Uber’s system

“We see a lot of our members earning £ 30 gross a day right now,” he said, explaining that government-issued self-employment grants only cover 80% of a driver, which is not even enough to pay their fees

“If we had these rights today, these drivers could at least earn a minimum wage to live”

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