After Uber’s U-turn, ministers must stop giving gig economy bosses an easy ride
It’s a step forward that Uber drivers must now be treated as employees, but there’s still a long road to travel
No, they do not have to be treated as employees.
And so it is with a slow handclap that we welcome the decision last week of the American corporation’s UK division to accept that the 70,000 drivers on its books qualify as workers, with rights to a minimum hourly wage and holiday pay, in line with a supreme court ruling last month.
There are three statuses – statii, statae, statiu? – in English employment law, employee, worker and self-employed.