Independent Workers Union of Great Britain

Make Uber’s license renewal conditional on workers’ rights – IWGB letter to TFL

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14 September: The Independent Workers’ Union of Great Britain (IWGB) and the lead claimants in the landmark employment rights case against Uber have written to TFL to demand that the renewal of Uber’s license be conditional on the company respecting workers’ rights, including payment the London Living Wage after costs and holiday pay.

The letter, jointly signed by IWGB General Secretary Jason Moyer-Lee, as well as James Farrar and Yaseen Aslam, the founders of IWGB’s United Private Hire Drivers (UPHD) branch and lead claimants in “Farrar, Aslam v Uber”, also slams TFL’s unwillingness to engage with private hire drivers in its regulatory consultation process.

“Although we are the largest trade union body for private hire drivers we are denied the right to join the stakeholder process and adhoc enquiries almost always fail to raise a response. More broadly, TfL does not recognise a single dedicated representative body for private hire drivers. Unfortunately, we can also no longer ignore obvious racial discrimination at play in TfL’s trade engagement process,” the letter reads, in reference to the fact that 80% of private hire drivers come from London’s minority community, while 80% of taxi drivers are white British.

TFL’s behaviour amounts to a “dereliction of duty” resulting in a “deterioration in standards which threatens the safety of private hire drivers, their passengers and other road users”, as some drivers end up earning far below the minimum wage, between £5 and £6 per hour, while working up to 90 hours a week.

Consequently, the IWGB demands:

The letter also informs TFL that IWGB will hold a precarious workers protest starting at TFL’s offices on 27 September, the first day of Uber’s appeal of last year’s employment tribunal decision.

The full letter can be found here.

For more information:

press@iwgb.co.uk

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