The world of work is changing, fast. A recent UK Employment Tribunal judgement (Aslam & Others v Uber BV & Others) broke new ground. It ruled that London Uber drivers are “workers” and therefore subject to employment law. The judgement followed a landmark class action in the USA, where those Uber drivers claimed employee status – however, in the US, they settled and agreed they are “independent contractors”.
In the UK case, the judgement was that Uber runs an “enterprise at the heart of which is the function of carrying people in motor cars”. The Court was sceptic of the claim that the driver and the passenger enter into a contract and found that rather, the drivers are workers and therefore entitled to employment rights.
Let’s watch the local space for developments!