Union brings ET claims on behalf of drivers who do not receive the National Minimum Wage

Tim Lezard Europe, UK, GMB,

UberThe GMB today launches legal action against Uber on behalf of drivers who claim they are not given basic workers’ rights.

The union is bringing four claims to the London Central Employment Tribunal on behalf of four drivers who say they are not paid the National Minimum Wage or holiday pay. It plans to bring further cases in the coming weeks.

GMB national officer Elly Baker said: “Uber frequently deducts sums from its drivers’ pay, without telling them in advance, including where customers make complaints.

“It also alleges that one claimant’s contract was terminated after he highlighted how easy it was for drivers to upload false insurance documents to Uber, demonstrating serious concerns about the company’s procedure for checking the documents provided by drivers.”

Steve Garelick, GMB Professional Drivers Branch Secretary, said “Despite our best efforts Uber are continuing to ignore drivers’ needs. They have now forced a contract on drivers who are no longer partners but customers and are failing to cap driver intake further eroding the facility to earn a reasonable income.

“Drivers have little interaction with management who’s preference is to respond on a message based ticket system. This shows disdain for the drivers. GMB hope more drivers will approach us for this remarkable action.”

Nigel Mackay a lawyer in the employment team at Leigh Day who is representing the drivers explained: “We understand that this will be the first time legal proceedings against Uber have been issued in the UK employment tribunals.

“We believe that Uber owes the same responsibilities towards its drivers as any other company does to its workers. Uber drivers should not be denied the right to minimum wage and paid leave.

“Uber drivers should be protected from detrimental treatment if they raise serious concerns about unlawful activity. They should be able to work without fear of discrimination.

“Uber exerts significant amounts of control over its drivers in order to provide a particular offering to the public, which it sees as differentiating itself from other taxi services. If Uber wishes to operate in this way, and to reap the substantial benefits, then it must acknowledge its responsibilities towards those drivers as workers.”

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Tim Lezard

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