Taxi Drivers Urged To Join Fight For Fair Pay Against Uber Rival Veezu

Up to 12,500 taxi drivers working for the taxi operator Veezu could be entitled to thousands of pounds in compensation after being denied holiday pay and the National Minimum Wage.  Veezu currently treats its drivers as self-employed contractors, but drivers claim they should be treated as workers and given the appropriate workers’ rights and protection under […]

Free Childcare Option Being Trialed By Uber

Uber trials offering it’s drivers free childcare in a bid to encourage more parents to join their driver workforce.   The minicab app platform announced it is offering 10 hours of free childcare for 1,000 of its UK drivers as childcare costs are a “barrier” for women joining the company. Opportunities for the highest earnings are […]

Uber Knowingly Engaged Drivers Incorrectly As Self-Employed

Uber whistleblower and their ex-lobbyist Mark MacGann confirms that Uber knowingly misclassified their drivers as self-employed and says “we sold people a lie”.  He was speaking to the Employment and Social Affairs Committee (EMPL) of the European Parliament on 25 October, where he confirmed: “I lobbied governments around the world to get Uber what it […]

Uber Documents Reveal Murky Political Lobbying

More than 124,000 documents revealing the inner workings of Uber have been leaked to The Guardian and then shared with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ).  The leaked records cover 40 countries and span 2013 to 2017, the period in which Uber was aggressively expanding. Uber lobbied leaders around the world, seeking support to […]

Uber Drivers Strike Over Pay And Conditions

The App Drivers & Couriers Union (ADCU) – the union for private hire drivers and couriers – led a 24-hour national strike for Uber drivers from midnight on Tuesday 21 June until 23:59  on Wednesday 22 June. The Union say Uber drivers are facing an unprecedented cost of living crisis due to fuel inflation running […]

Ride-Hailing App’s Operating Model Is Unlawful

The High Court has declared Uber’s business model in which the app platform acts only as an agent to a ‘contract’ between driver and passenger, unlawful.  This means that Uber, not individual drivers, will enter into contracts directly with passengers and will be held liable. This is the latest in a string court of cases […]

Dutch Uber Drivers Are Employees

Uber has lost another court case in relation to the employment status of it’s drivers, this time in The Netherlands.  The Federation of Dutch Trade Unions argued that approximately 4,000 Uber drivers working in the Dutch capital should be entitled to certain workers’ rights.  The Amsterdam District Court agreed that drivers should be classed as employees […]

015 Supreme Court Uber Decision – Impact on the Gig Economy

You can’t have missed the fact that the Supreme Court recently concluded that Uber drivers are not self-employed, despite being engaged on that basis, but are actually workers.  This is a very significant judgement which looks set to have wide-ranging implications for the gig economy, so today we’re talking to Lewina Farrell, a solicitor with […]