The model of self-employed drivers still does not find legal protection: the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom sentences against Uber
The delivery platform sector is in the midst of a legislative change. Companies such as Uber, Glovo or Deliveroo defend their self-employed model to guarantee flexibility, but the latest rulings are making it clear that, to date, their model is not correct and they must hire those delivery men. So has assured the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom, which dictates that several of its drivers are company workers and not self-employed. A trial that has been going on since 2016, has maintained several allegations and is now ending, marking a new and severe setback to the way the company works.
The sentence clashes with the position that companies continue to defend, who argue that they have applied changes in the way of collaborating with their distributors and defend a model of autonomous riders that the Justice does not protect as such in the cases where it has ruled.
British justice thinks the same as the Spanish
Uber has lost a major legal battle, which could lead to a significant change in its business model. The start of the trial dates back to 2016, when two Uber workers denounced the platform. After five years, the British ‘Supreme Court’ has unanimously concluded that the delivery men are employees, are subject to the minimum wage, they must be paid vacations and are subject to the rest of the legal protections.
According to one of the court judges, Uber drivers’ work time is not limited to the time they spend driving, but also “includes any period in which a driver is connected to the application and is ready and willing to accept trips.”
💥BREAKING: #Uber drivers ARE workers, rules UK #SupremeCourt, rejecting @Uber ‘s final appeal. Potentially huge implications for #ukemplaw, and the #gigeconomy business model – full thread with first analysis coming up. pic.twitter.com/QqzQXqIII7
— Jeremias Adams-Prassl (@JeremiasPrassl) February 19, 2021
Uber’s position is that this decision applies only to a very small group of Uber workers, who used the application in 2016. Since then, both Uber and other platforms that are in similar lawsuits, assure that they have made changes to make this more flexible. relationship.
In Spain, the Supreme Court ruled in September 2020 that there was also a “labor nature” between Glovo and several of his distributors. Following this decision, from Labor Inspection demands the company to register more than 11,000 workers.
Via | BBC