London Transport company Uber has approved the representation of its drivers in one of the UK’s largest trade unions. The company, based in San Francisco, announced on Wednesday that it had signed a collective agreement with GMB Union. Accordingly, GMB will represent 70,000 Uber drivers in the UK. Drivers must apply for membership.
“History has been made,” said GMB’s Mick Ricks in a statement released by Uber. There is increased pressure on Uber and other companies in Europe to change their work models, often associated with unsafe jobs and low pay.
The UK Supreme Court ruled earlier this year that Uber drivers should be classified as employees rather than freelancers. This gave him the right to benefits such as minimum salary, pension and holiday pay. Uber has started offering these services.
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