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Uber loses landmark case over worker rights, entitling UK drivers to minimum wage and sick leave

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    Tang_Un
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    Uber is a predatory organization that uses gaps in legislation or outright ignores the law to deny its workers what they are rightfully due. I refuse to give them any business, and any setback for...

    Uber is a predatory organization that uses gaps in legislation or outright ignores the law to deny its workers what they are rightfully due. I refuse to give them any business, and any setback for them is a victory for workers' rights.

    And before someone comes in here going off about asshole taxis : yes, taxis in many places are absolute trash, but the solution is proper regulation and enforcement, not abuse of workers.

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    1. haykam821
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      And because these services are relatively new (even though they are just BYOC taxis), they don’t have much regulation, unlike normal taxis.

      And because these services are relatively new (even though they are just BYOC taxis), they don’t have much regulation, unlike normal taxis.

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  2. tunneljumper
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    I drove for uber for eight months and I've never been so rapidly disenfranchised with a company as I have with them. I've been thinking about making a post or a rant about how they somehow refuse...

    I drove for uber for eight months and I've never been so rapidly disenfranchised with a company as I have with them. I've been thinking about making a post or a rant about how they somehow refuse to enter my correct card info into their website for instant pay, and then on multiple occasions lied to me on twitter (the only place I can contact their support) over how they contacted me via email. The worst part is that I genuinely enjoy what I do; I like picking people up, talking to them, and making society function while also contributing to it, but as far as I'm concerned, Uber can go kick rocks.

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    Algernon_Asimov
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    People reading this article might also be interested in this previous post: "Uber loses appeal over driver employment rights"

    People reading this article might also be interested in this previous post: "Uber loses appeal over driver employment rights"

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      kavi
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      More justice to Uber, good read :)

      More justice to Uber, good read :)

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        Algernon_Asimov
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        It's not more justice, it's the same justice. ;)

        It's not more justice, it's the same justice. ;)

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  4. kavi
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    Key quotes: Unsurprising. This is rather worrying, but it could be the beginning of Uber needing to take responsibility for their employees. I don't think their appeal will work, and the freezing...

    Key quotes:

    The ruling radically disrupts Uber's business model, and the GMB union estimates drivers could each be owed as much as 18,000 British pounds ($31,700) in backpay and entitlements.

    Unsurprising.

    Mr Farrar had been assaulted by a passenger, but he says it took Uber 10 weeks to provide information to police, prompting him to re-examine his contract with the San Francisco-based company... "I realised that I'm carrying all the risk, and not Uber," he told ABC News.

    This is rather worrying, but it could be the beginning of Uber needing to take responsibility for their employees.

    Uber appealed the Employment Tribunal's decision, effectively freezing its obligation to implement the court's ruling.

    I don't think their appeal will work, and the freezing won't do anything in the long term.

    "So there's a real incentive to play for time because the judgment we received two years ago remains in suspension until Uber exhausts its appeals."

    But I do think they will try their hardest to drag out the "frozen" period.

    I think something important to say is that in the UK, Uber acts like a private hire taxi company, which is why the sick leave is mentioned.

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