This morning the Supreme Court handed down its judgement that Uber drivers are workers. This is a huge victory for all drivers.
But already, Uber is trying to wriggle out of their obligations. Uber’s regional general manager Jamie Heywood tried to argue in the newspapers this morning that the court’s decision was “focused on a small number of drivers who used the Uber app in 2016.
“Heywood also said that Uber is “committed to doing more and will consult with every active driver across the UK to understand the changes they want to see.”
Uber drivers have received an email from Uber to a similar effect.
Uber spent 6 years and hundreds of thousands of pounds fighting in the courts to deny drivers the basic rights we have just won today. We know Uber will keep on trying to wriggle out of this judgement.
That’s why it’s so important we all build the strength of our union and campaign and put pressure on Uber so they cannot deny us our rights any longer.
As a first step, UPHD Vice Chair Nader Awaad has written today to Jamie Heywood on behalf of our union to demand formal ‘trade union recognition’. See the letter below.
Jamie Heywood has said Uber will be consulting with Uber drivers across the country. Why won’t they just speak to the drivers’ union?
Trade union recognition will mean that Uber has to meet with our union’s representatives on a regular basis and negotiate with us regarding matters such as pay for drivers. This would be a big step forward for drivers.
As workers we are entitled to trade union representation and collective bargaining. However, we can be pretty sure that Uber will try to resist recognising our rights and it is only going to happen if we put pressure on them. We need YOU to help with this.
Join us and write a short email/tweet/message now to Uber and demand Uber talks to our union.
Here is a draft email you can use to write to Uber if you are a driver. You can write to firstname.lastname@example.org
Dear Mr Heywood,
I am an Uber driver working for you in the UK.
I was glad to see the Supreme Court rule today that I am a worker. As a worker, I am entitled to trade union representation. My union has written to you today to request formal trade union recognition.
I saw that you said in the newspapers this morning you are planning to consult with drivers following the Supreme Court judgement today. I ask that you talk to my union – the United Private Hire Drivers branch of the IWGB union.
Please let me know when you will do so.
If you are not a driver, but wish to show support, please do also write in to Uber. We need to make our voice as loud as possible.
We have many more plans prepared for how we can campaign and put pressure on Uber to respect our rights. You will hear more soon. For now, let us all focus on demanding Uber talks to the union.
The United Private Hire Drivers branch of the IWGB union is the biggest union for drivers in the UK. If you’re not yet a member, join the union here: www.iwgb.org.uk/join