Uber to employ more than 70,000 drivers in Britain
Uber will officially employ more than 70,000 British drivers. This decision was taken by the company after the UK Supreme Court ruled that drivers should not be considered self-employed. This was reported by The Verge.
The trial in the Uber case lasted since 2016. Then two drivers of the service said that their actions are too controlled by Uber, although the company is not an official employer. More than two dozen people soon joined the class action. After a series of appeals, Uber lost the trial in February 2021. The company was required to officially employ more than 70,000 people.
Thus, British drivers will be given the status of an employee with benefits and paid leave. In addition, they will also be registered in the pension program and will receive at least the minimum wage in the country (8.72 pounds per hour for persons aged 25 and over). The calculation will be carried out without taking into account the time spent waiting for the order.
"The Supreme Court's decision has provided us with a clearer plan for the way forward so that we can develop a model that provides drivers with guarantees as employees, while allowing them to work on a flexible schedule, as has been the case with Uber since its introduction in the UK in 2012," commented Uber Chief executive Dara Khosrowshahi.