Uber faces its first UK legal action to see if it should pay workers for holidays and pay the National Minimum Wage
The US-owned firm will appear in a case brought by law firm Leigh Day, supported by the GMB union, at the Central London Employment Tribunal on Wednesday.
It will be decided if Uber, whose European headquarters is Netherlands based, is acting unlawfully by not providing drivers with holiday pay or the National Minimum Wage.
A successful claim against Uber could have ramifications for all self-employed in other industries, said Leigh Day.
But why have we had to wait for the GMB to act, why haven't our representative orgs taken Uber to court?
The a LTDA splashed over pages of their paper, they had a fighting fund if a million pounds. Isn't it time they put this money to good use.
The evidence is out there:
In a Toronto court case, Uber have openly admitted (under oath) that worldwide, they do not receive or handle customer bookings in any way.
They said they simply put the customer in contact with the driver, and then it is the driver who accepts the booking IN CAR.
This actually means that Uber do not operate within the terms of their TfL operators licence. In fact it is the drivers who are acting as operators outside the conditions of their Private Hire drivers licence. Therefore every journey accepted by Uber's drivers past and present could and should be deemed to be undertaken illegally.
TfLTPH already know this but are too frightened to take action against this alleged multibillion dollar corporation which up to now has been protected by Government ministers such as chancellor Osborne who was leaning on the previous Mayor Boris Johnson to give Uber an easy ride.
Circumstances have now changed and the LTDA with their much publicised one million pound fighting fund should be all over this.
This is a winnable case.
Why are our orgs always seem to be dragging their feet?