Uber Drivers Aren’t Self Employed, U.K. Tribunal Rules
The employment case is had one of several challenges facing Uber. Though the service has expanded at a breakneck pace, growing into a behemoth valued at $70 billion, it has grappled with an array of issues, including allegations that it does not do enough to vet its drivers and revelations that it used software to evade the gaze of the authorities.
Complaints of an aggressive workplace culture, meanwhile, forced its founder, Travis Kalanick, to resign this year as chief executive. He was replaced by Dara Khosrowshahi, who has introduced a more conciliatory style. He sought to win over the London transport authorities with a charm offensive last month.
In an effort to win over customers and drivers concerned about its reputation, the company has introduced new measures and services, like allowing users add tips to their fares. Uber has also promoted its efforts, particularly in Britain, to provide drivers with benefits like access to a pension and insurance.
The company’s operations in London are crucial to its global expansion. Some 40,000 people drive for Uber in the British capital, and it claims three million customers have used the app at least once in London in the past three months.
The challenge over its hiring practices strikes at the heart of Uber’s business model. The company faces a similar challenge in Europe — the region’s highest court is expected to rule by the end of the year in a case over whether the company should be regulated as a taxi service, which would make it subject to rigorous safety and employment rules, or as a digital platform that simply connects independent drivers to passengers.
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November 10, 2017 at 03:33AM