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Uber Must Change To Win Back London Licence

Monday, June 25, 2018

 

GMB SAYS UBER MUST ENFORCE ‘REAL CHANGE’ TO WIN BACK LONDON LICENCE

Uber needs to reflect long and hard on these realities of passenger safety and how it treats its workers, says GMB Union.

GMB, the union for Uber drivers, says the ride-sharing company must adopt ‘real change’ in order to win back its London licence.

A London court will consider later today if Uber is "fit and proper" to hold an operator licence in the capital.

The taxi app company will make its case at Westminster Magistrates' Court in a hearing expected to last several days.

Last September, Transport for London refused to renew Uber's licence on grounds of public safety and security. [1]

GMB Union won a landmark workers’ rights case against Uber in 2016 [2]

Justin Bowden, GMB National Secretary, said:

“Uber lost its licence in London because it refused to play by London’s rules, particularly on the crucial issue of passenger safety. It won’t get it back until it accepts that the ‘Uber’s way, or no way” attitude to safety and its drivers will not prevail.

“Uber needs to reflect long and hard on these realities of passenger safety and how it treats its workers. 

“Successive courts have upheld the position GMB established in 2016 that Uber drivers are workers entitled to the minimum wage, holiday pay and rest breaks.

“Uber’s licence will not be returned by legal action but by genuine contrition and real change which can only come about from engagement with TfL as the licencing authority, and talking to drivers’ representatives like GMB.”

ENDS

Contact: Mick Rix 07971 268 343 or Justin Bowden on 07710 631351 or GMB press office on 07958 156846 or at press.office@gmb.org.uk

Notes to Editors:

[1] https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-44594058

[2] http://www.gmb.org.uk/newsroom/GMB-wins-uber-case

 

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