Uber drivers in the UK to be reclassified as workers following court ruling

March 17, 2021 0 By boss

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Uber drivers in the UK will be employees soon. 


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Uber drivers in the UK will soon be considered workers for the company, as reported earlier by Bloomberg Tuesday. They will receive minimum wage pay, vacation pay and other benefits starting tomorrow. 

More than 70,000 drivers will become Uber employees on Wednesday after the UK Supreme Court ruled in February against the company for how it designated its drivers. Along with minimum wage and vacation days, the new workers will also be enrolled into a pension plan; free health insurance to cover sickness, injury and maternity and paternity payments; and they will still have the option to work when and where they want. 

“This is an important day for drivers in the UK,” said Jamie Heywood, regional general manager for northern and eastern Europe, in a statement Tuesday. “Uber drivers will receive an earnings guarantee, holiday pay and a pension, and will retain the flexibility they currently value. Uber is just one part of a larger private-hire industry, so we hope that all other operators will join us in improving the quality of work for these important workers who are an essential part of our everyday lives.”

February’s ruling by the UK Supreme Court came after years of legal battles between the company and drivers that started in 2016. US drivers have fought against the company for years to be designated as employees but voters in California voted against forcing ride-sharing companies from requiring to make their gig workers full employees back in November. 

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