- Case to be heard at Employment Appeal Tribunal on 27 and 28 September
- Protest to bring together precarious workers from across the UK, including those working for Uber, Deliveroo, McDonald’s, British Airways, Picturehouse cinemas and the University of London.
21 Sept: Independent Workers’ Union of Great Britain (IWGB) members who last year won a landmark employment status case against Uber, are to face the company again on 27 and 28 September, as it appeals the employment tribunal’s decision to grant the drivers workers’ rights.
Last November an employment tribunal ruled that — despite Uber’s claims that its drivers were independent contractors — James Farrar and Yaseen Aslam were workers and thus entitled to minimum wage and holiday pay, among other rights.
“This is a case of a massive corporation spending millions of pounds on lawyers to avoid paying the minimum wage to the people that its business most depends on,” said James Farrar, co-claimant and chair of the IWGB’s United Private Hire Drivers (UPHD) branch. “We know we are going to win, they know we are going to win, but they are doing everything they can to drag it out and buy themselves time to build a monopoly”
The case will be heard at the Employment Appeal Tribunal, Fleetbank House, 2-6 Salisbury Square, London EC4Y 8JX at 10:30 am.
To mark the day and to shine a light on the increasingly precarious nature of work, the IWGB has teamed up with workers form across the UK — some of whom are involved in ongoing disputes with their employers — for the first ever “Precarious Labour Strikes Back” protest. Workers from Uber, Deliveroo, McDonald’s, British Airways, Picturehouse Cinemas and the University of London, among others, are expected to march together on the day.
The protesters will assemble on 27 September at 8am in front of Transport for London’s offices on 197 Blackfriars Road SE1 8NJ, march through Fleet Street, near the Employment Appeal Tribunal, to finally reach University of London’s Senate House where outsourced workers are on strike over pay and conditions.
More information can be found here.
Speakers expected at the protest include:
Jonathan Bartley (Co-leader, Green Party)
James Farrar and Yaseen Aslam (Uber case co-claimants and IWGB UPHD co-founders)
Henry Chango Lopez (President, IWGB)
Caroline Russell (Member of the London Assembly and Transport Spokesperson, Green Party)
McDonald’s striker (TBC)
Zimeon Jones (BA Mixed Fleet Unite rep)
Picturehouse Living wage campaigner (TBC)
For more information:
Emiliano Mellino, Press officer