GMB VINDICATED AS COURTS PUT UBER ON PROBATION
This decision is a vindication of GMB’s campaign to ensure drivers are given the rights they are entitled to - and that the public, drivers and passengers are kept safe
GMB, the driver’s union, has scored a huge victory after the courts today put Uber on probation.
Westminster Magistrates' Court today decided Uber would only be given a 15 month licence to operate in London with a clear set of conditions that TfL will thoroughly monitor and enforce.
Last September, Transport for London refused to renew Uber's licence on grounds of public safety and security. 
In October 2016, an employment tribunal ruled in GMB's favour - determining that Uber drivers are workers entitled to basic workers’ rights and that the company are wrong to label them as self- employed. 
Mick Rix, GMB National Officer, said:
“As a result of pressure from drivers and the public, Uber have been put on probation.
“This shows that Transport for London and Sadiq Khan made the right call taking them on.
“The devil will be in the detail but it’s quite clear now that Uber has been forced to change its ways.
“However shiny their technology, no operator can be above the rules or flout decent employment practices.
“This decision is a vindication of GMB’s campaign to ensure drivers are given the rights they are entitled to - and that the public, drivers and passengers are kept safe.”
Contact: Mick Rix on 07971 268343 or GMB Press office 07958 156846 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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