Union question why Uber is appealing employment courts’ ruling if they are accepting responsibility for workers’ rights.
A new benefits offer by Uber to drivers demonstrates the company is acknowledging their responsibilities as an employer, says GMB.
Some drivers will be given access to illness and injury cover under a new policy by the company.
With Uber now accepting duty of care towards their drivers GMB, the union for Uber drivers, asks why the company is continuing in its appeal against workers’ rights.
In October 2016, the London Central Employment Tribunal found a group of Uber drivers were not self-employed but were workers.
The ruling of the court means drivers are entitled to be paid at least the national minimum wage and holiday pay amongst other benefits.
This landmark case has major implications for more than 30,000 drivers across England and Wales.
Uber is currently contesting the decision in the employment appeal tribunal.
Maria Ludkin, GMB Legal Director, said:
“We are pleased to see that Uber has finally acknowledged they have the responsibilities of an employer in relation to their drivers, who the courts have already ruled have worker status.
“We remain puzzled that they are continuing to appeal the employment tribunal judgement of October 2016, where this employment status was confirmed.
“Does this mean Uber will now be withdrawing their appeal and acknowledging the employment rights of their drivers?”
Contact: GMB press office on 07958 156846 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
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