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Uber and the Unions - Are Drivers Employees?

A UK trade union is taking legal action against Uber claiming that Uber's drivers in the UK are not provided with key employment protection, including the payment of minimum wages and health & safety at work compliance.

This legal action mirrors action taken against Uber in several other countries.

The FT explains the basis of the legal action and the key issue - are Uber's drivers simply self-employed contractors (suppliers) or are they employees who should benefit from the full protections offered to staff by UK employment legislation?

Uber's argument is that each driver (it has 14,000 and rising in the UK) is effectively a self-employed contractor, enjoying great flexibility as a supplier to Uber.

Of course the key benefit of this approach is that Uber drivers are not employees, enabling Uber to avoid substantial obligations and fixed costs, not the least employers national insurance contributions and pension costs.

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