21 June: The Independent Workers’ Union of Great Britian (IWGB) is calling on Uber to conduct a Holder-style independent review of Uber’s labour practices worldwide, with a clear commitment to end unlawful employment practices and the exploitation of workers.
While welcoming the Holder report’s conclusions regarding sexual harassment at Uber and Travis Kalanick’s resignation, the IWGB is disappointed that the report did not address the scandal of Uber’s labour abuses worldwide.
In the UK, the London Central Employment Tribunal found that Uber has denied basic worker rights to its drivers including minimum wage, holiday pay and discrimination protections.
The case was brought by IWGB’s United Private Hire Drivers’ (UPHD) branch founders James Farrar and Yaseen Aslam. Despite their victory, Uber is contesting the judgement and an appeal will be heard in late September.
Any such UK review should also look at Uber’s licensing model which places drivers in legal jeopardy by offering incentives and dispatching work to drivers outside of Uber’s licensed area.
“Uber has a golden opportunity to turn over a new leaf in the UK and begin to treat and pay drivers fairly,” says the Chair of IWGB’s UPHD branch James Farrar. “If Uber is sincere about 180 Days of Change to improve the driver experience they can start by accepting the ruling of the Employment Tribunal and respect the basic rights of drivers. Uber must also accept the right of drivers to organise and commit itself to constructive negotiations with the IWGB.”
The IWGB announced last week that the the UPHD, formerly a private hire drivers representative body, had joined the union as a branch dedicated to fighting for the rights of private hire drivers throughout the UK.
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James Farrar, IWGB United Private Hire Drivers Branch Chair