News: Uber must do more on UK minimum wage pledge: union.
LONDON (Reuters) – Uber drivers in the UK should receive the minimum wage from signing up to signing out of the app, said two former drivers who had a successful legal battle after the company granted workers’ rights on Wednesday.
After a Supreme Court defeat last month, the Silicon Valley-based company has classified its 70,000+ drivers in the UK as employees, meaning they are guaranteed entitlements like vacation pay.
The minimum wage, which is £ 8.72 ($ 12.13) an hour for people 25 and older, Uber said it would be “upon travel request and cost,” and that drivers in London average £ 17 an hour to earn.
According to several US studies, drivers don’t get it while waiting for a passenger. According to several US studies, this can account for up to a third of the time drivers spend behind the wheel with the app switched on.
James Farrar and Yaseen Aslam, the two main drivers in a 2016 Labor Court case that Uber unsuccessfully denied to the UK Supreme Court, criticized the move.
“Uber drivers are still being switched 40-50% on short notice,” they said in a statement released by the Drivers & Couriers Union app they run.
“In addition, it is not acceptable for Uber to unilaterally determine the travel cost base for calculating the minimum wage.”
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Reporting by Costas Pitas; Arrangement by James Davey
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