Organise for Change

UPHD and the IWGB campaigns for long-lasting change for Private Hire Drivers

The so-called “gig economy”, consisting of private hire drivers, couriers, and other low paid workers, is infamous for the companies bogusly classing these individuals as “independent contractors” in order to deprive them of employment rights to which they are legally entitled. Whilst it’s true that most private hire drivers and couriers are self-employed, what the tribunals have told us over and over again is that they are limb (b) workers, a type of self-employed person who is entitled to rights like minimum wage, paid holidays, pensions, protection from discrimination, and more. The IWGB has been at the forefront of waging these test cases to establish rights across these industries. Important victories have included the cases against Uber, CitySprint, Addison Lee, and The Doctors Laboratory. In addition to waging test cases the IWGB also campaigns for better wages, collective bargaining, and engages actively in the national policy debate on this topic.

The union creates real collective power among workers to ensure that their employers are held to account

Part of the IWGB

UPHD is a branch of the The Independent Workers’ Union of Great Britain (IWGB) is a new and dynamic union which represents mainly low paid migrant workers, such as outsourced cleaners and security guards, workers in the so-called “gig economy”, such as bicycle couriers and Uber drivers, and foster care workers. The IWGB specializes in representing sections of the workforce which have traditionally been non-unionised and under-represented.

Workplace Protection

IWGB reps and the legal team will make sure you are protected at work

Our team handles all kinds of cases, from workplace bullying to illegal deduction of wages… and we win!

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