Drivers’ union to take on the might of Uber over worker’s rights

Embattled taxi-app firm asserts drivers are 'partners' and not entitled to employment rights in the UK

30 Jul 2015

The union for professional drivers has instructed Leigh Day to bring an action against the international transportation network Uber on grounds it is breaching a duty to provide drivers with basic employment rights.

Uber, which operates a car hire platform that connects passengers to thousands of drivers with passengers through a smartphone app, has already been subject to several high-profile legal challenges across the globe, including in France, Thailand, and India.

In the latest challenge, the GMB union is to argue that the Silicon Valley company does not provide its drivers in the UK with basic rights on pay, holidays, health and safety, a...

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