Uber in court battle against order to pay minimum wage
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.