Uber is making waves in the UK. The taxi service app has 30,000 drivers in London alone. But don’t call these drivers employees -- they lack all the basic security and benefits that employees are guaranteed by law.
Now, nineteen Uber drivers are taking their case to court. They’re tired of being treated poorly, facing changes in pay with no warning or explanation, and missing out on sick pay and holiday pay. Their demand: employment laws need to catch up with 21st-century work in the age of Uber.
Uber might be convenient for riders, but there’s a hidden cost that hits drivers hard. As “self-employed” drivers without employee status, they face far more insecurity than other workers. The law needs to change that and make sure workers like Uber drivers aren’t taken advantage of.
Tell the UK government to update its employment regulations to protect Uber drivers.
Startups happen so quickly, sometimes the law isn’t able to keep up. That’s been the case with Uber, which is now facing a wave of litigation around the world as drivers refuse to be taken advantage of.
All workers should be paid a minimum wage, get holiday pay, and be protected from discrimination and arbitrary salary deductions. But Uber bears none of these responsibilities to its drivers.
It’s time the law catch up to the nature of employment in the age of Uber. We need to push the UK government to take quick action to stop Uber from taking advantage of its drivers.
Sign the petition to call on the UK government to regulate Uber to protect its drivers.