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GMB Victory As Uber Gives Drivers Sick Pay

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

GMB SCORES HARD WON VICTORY OVER UBER AS COMPANY GIVES DRIVERS SICK PAY

GMB has fought Uber tooth and nail in the courts, the workplace and on the international stage to bring about this change.

GMB, the union for Uber drivers, has scored a hard-fought victory after the company agreed to give drivers sick pay and parental leave.

\In an announcement today the company said it will give drivers access to medical cover, compensation for work-related injuries, sick pay, parental leave and bereavement payments.[1]

In October 2016, the Central London Employment Tribunal ruled in GMB's favour - determining that Uber drivers are not self-employed, but workers entitled to basic workers’ rights including holiday pay, a guaranteed minimum wage and an entitlement to breaks. [2]

The Employment Appeal Tribunal then upheld the ruling in November 2017. [3]

Mick Rix, GMB National Officer, said:

“This is a well-deserved victory for GMB’s hard fought campaign.

“GMB has fought Uber tooth and nail in the courts, the workplace and on the international stage to bring about this change.

“At long last it seems Uber are starting to listen to GMB members complaints regards the company’s treatment of drivers and denying them their rights.

“This is a major step in the right direction, but our successful court victories, winning workers’ rights for Uber drivers, could have all been avoided if they had sat down and talked with GMB from the start.

“Today is an acknowledgment that if you work in the gig economy, for companies like Uber, GMB is the union that will fight for your rights.”

Contact: Mick Rix on  07971 268 343 or GMB Press Office on 07958 156846 or at press.office@gmb.org.uk

Notes to Editors

[1] https://news.sky.com/story/uber-to-offer-drivers-free-pay-protections-under-insurance-policy-11382709

[2] http://www.gmb.org.uk/newsroom/GMB-wins-uber-case

[3] http://www.gmb.org.uk/gmb-victory-uber-workers-rights-upheld

 

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