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Uber Loses Sheffield Licence

Thursday, December 7, 2017

 

UBER LOSES SHEFFIELD LICENCE IN LATEST BLOW TO BELEAGUERED COMPANY SAYS GMB

GMB calls on Sheffield City Council to be transparent over the reasons for their concerns about Uber so the public and drivers can be fully informed.

Uber has lost its license to operate in Sheffield in the latest blow for the beleaguered company says GMB.

Sheffield City Council said the Californian ride-sharing app is legally allowed to operate up to December 18, and if it chooses to appeal this suspension it can continue to operate until the appeal is heard.

If it decides against an appeal the suspension will come into force.

It is the latest blow in what has been a bad year for Uber.

In November, the Employment Appeal Tribunal upheld a ruling that Uber drivers should be classified as workers.

October 2016 saw the Central London Employment Tribunal rule 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. [1]

And in September, TfL refused to renew their license to operate in London. [2]

Lee Parkinson, GMB Organiser, said:

“This is yet another blow for Uber and more proof their exploitative business model does not pay.

“When will Uber admit it has to change its ways and put the safety of its drivers and the public before profits?

“If Uber appeals this decision it will be caught up in three separate legally disputes -all brought about by its own actions.

“How long before investors and shareholders says enough is enough?

“GMB calls on Sheffield City Council to be transparent over the reasons for their concerns about Uber so the public and drivers can be fully informed.”

ENDS

Contact: Mick Rix on 07971 268343 or GMB Press Office on 07958 156846 or at press.office@gmb.org.uk

Notes to editors:

[1] GMB Wins Monumental Victory In Employment Case Against Uber

Friday, October 28, 2016

GMB Wins Monumental Victory In Employment Case Of The Year Against Uber

Read more: http://www.gmb.org.uk/newsroom/GMB-wins-uber-case

[2] GMB Scores Historic Victory as TfL Tells Uber to 'Get Out of London’

Friday, September 22, 2017

Decision follows GMB’s legal victory over Uber, forcing company to defend their record on drivers' employment rights and public safety.

Read more: http://www.gmb.org.uk/newsroom/uber-licence-not-renewed
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