British Court Rules That Uber Drivers Are Employees, Not Businesses

Posted on November 2, 2016 By newsroom Topic: Law, Sharing economy

At least in Britain for now, Uber cannot claim that its drivers are businesses and not regular employees, and thus it will have to pay the driver all the benefits that regular employees get - minimum wage, holiday pay, sick pay, etc.

The judges said that Uber's PR-like claim of '"30,000 small businesses linked by a common 'platform' is to our minds faintly ridiculous."

And more importantly (countries elsewhere, please note) that..

 "...Drivers do not and cannot negotiate with passengers... They are offered and accept trips strictly on Uber's terms."

The judges also said that Uber is  using "fictions," "twisted language," and "brand new terminology" to mislead the public. You should also remember that a union brought this case forward. Unions can still have power, even in this age of big business and artificial intelligence.

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