Uber in court bat­tle against or­der to pay min­i­mum wage

Sunday Mirror - - FRONT PAGE - BY NI­COLA SMALL

UBER cabs go to the Ap­peal Court on Tues­day in a two-year fight against an edict to pay driv­ers the min­i­mum wage.

A job tri­bunal rul­ing in 2016 meant its 70,000 UK driv­ers were no longer self-em­ployed and must get the min­i­mum wage and hol­i­day pay.

But Uber won’t ac­cept the de­ci­sion, los­ing an ap­peal last year.

The GMB union says the av­er­age Uber driver has lost £18,000 since the rul­ing. GMB le­gal direc­tor Sue Har­ris said: “That means thou­sands of driv­ers strug­gling to pay their rent or feed their fam­i­lies.”

Ac­counts this month show Uber Lon­don made £3.5million profit last year, up from £2.5million in 2016. Uber said an Ox­ford Univer­sity study had found that its driv­ers earn more than the Lon­don liv­ing wage and they wanted to keep the free­dom to choose if and when they drive.

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