As of Wednesday, all Uber drivers in the UK are treated as employees, which means they are entitled to the minimum wage, holiday pay and retirement benefits, the trucking company said
The changes are the result of Uber's loss in the legal battle for the status of its drivers, which has been going on since 2015. In February, the British Supreme Court, upholding the rulings of the lower courts, ruled that drivers are employees, not just contractors providing services to Uber, and therefore have employment rights.
However, the court did not rule that they should be recognized as salaried workers, which was not what the Uber-sues did not demand at all, so their new status is an intermediate form between self-employment and full-time employment. Full-time employees are also entitled to sickness benefits and parental leave.
As the company said, all drivers, regardless of age, will be entitled to the minimum wage, which in the case of people over 25 years old is currently £ 8.72 an hour, to a two-week holiday pay calculated at 12.07 percent of their earnings, and will be automatically enrolled in a company-paid pension plan. Uber added that since 2018, its drivers are covered by insurance that protects them in the event of illness.
The company also assured that the change in the status of its drivers will not affect the prices of trips, although analysts indicate that in California, where a court issued a similar ruling, the cost of trips increased. In Great Britain, Uber drives approx. 70 thousand drivers. Both the decision of the Supreme Court and the awarding of employees by Uber to employee status will also affect other companies using a similar business model.
From London Bartłomiej Niedziński (PAP)