Today after many months’ delay, the Supreme Court has finally handed down its decision: Uber drivers are workers.
This decision is very significant news for all private hire drivers in the UK.
What does it mean? If you are a worker then you have certain legal protections and benefits, such as the right to paid holiday and the right to receive the National Minimum Wage. You also have a right to union representation in disciplinary matters and to collective bargaining.
These rights have been hard fought for by drivers and bitterly resisted by Uber. And we know that the management at Uber will likely keep trying their best to wriggle out of their responsibilities to us drivers.
But this judgement gives us a significant opening to push for better pay and conditions at Uber, and with that potentially more operators in the UK. Now is the time for all of us to take courage and redouble our fight for justice.
What next in the fight for justice for drivers?
1. Your union is making legal claims for drivers who are eligible to do so for financial compensation from Uber for not providing holiday pay and the minimum wage (i.e. any shortfall between the pay you have received and the National Minimum Wage). Read more about this and how you can find out if you are eligible to sign up to join the claim at: www.iwgb.org.uk/page/uber-claim
2. The UPHD committee is planning some big campaigns to put pressure on Uber to increase pay and improve conditions for drivers and win formal trade union recognition. Keep an eye out for emails soon advertising our next drivers meeting where this will be discussed further and you can give your input into the plans and get involved. If you’re not already a member, join now at: www.iwgb.org.uk/join
3. Your union is already taking action to fight against unfair deactivations of drivers working for Uber and all other operators and to fight for a fair process. If you have been unfairly deactivated then get in touch.
We’re also campaigning on a number of other issues, such as violence and abuse against drivers, the TfL congestion charge, & much more. Encourage drivers you know to join us and get involved: www.iwgb.org.uk/join
Today is a great day for all of us. Let us take confidence from this and keep up efforts to strengthen our union and fight for justice for all drivers.
The UPHD team