Today the Supreme Court has unanimously ruled that taxi app firm Uber must classify its drivers a workers rather than self-employed. They will be entitled to the minimum wage and holiday pay. The ruling also makes it easier for unions to organise in the sector and for workers to bargain collectively with their employer. The ruling is likely to have implications for other app businesses active in the gig economy.
STUC General Secretary Roz Foyer said:
“At every turn Uber had tried to block workers from achieving the basic status of being considered a worker. It has allowed then to overflood the market with drivers and pushed many of those drivers into poverty pay. This ruling has enormous implications for employment law which go beyond Uber to the wider gig economy.
Foyer warned that Uber and other companies have a track record of attempting to change employment legislation. She added:
“I have no doubt that as we speak, app giants will be formulating plans to have legislation changed as they did in California last year. This is a vital time for unions to organise and elected representatives to act to ensure that the protections in law which have finally won out in this case are strengthened rather than weakened in the future.”