The company born in San Francisco will appeal the ruling, but it could set a precedent for the 30 000 drivers uk Uber, but also to many, many people working in the economy the so-called ” sharing “.
The american giant touring car with a driver, Uber has lost an important battle on Friday 28 October in a british court. The justice gave reason to the two drivers of the vehicles Uber who have instituted an action in the tribunal against the platform, accusing it of not respecting the labour law.
The company may not consider these two drivers as independent workers, it must treat them as employees, according to the decision of the court, says the british press, including the Financial Times and The Guardian. The complainants claimed to be able to benefit from a vacation, compensation in case of sick leave and the minimum wage guaranteed by the law of the uk working.
The company born in San Francisco is going to appeal the verdict, which could set a precedent for the 30 000 drivers uk Uber, but also for very many people working in the economy the so-called “sharing” and pursuing a professional activity are often very flexible and as independent workers affiliated to firms, writes the Financial Times.
similar actions in France and in the United States
In France, the social Security continues to Uber to reclassify its drivers, today considered independent contractors, as employees. She argues that there is a ” subordination “ between the platform and the drivers.
in The United States, Uber has agreed to pay up to $ 100 million to end two class-action lawsuits, in California and in Massachusetts, which threatened to change the status of his drivers.
The service booking by smartphone car with a driver, Uber is present in some sixty countries. The very rapid growth of this american giant has caused many controversies, especially with the taxi drivers, who accuse it of unfair competition ; or its economic model, which depends for much of the extreme flexibility of the jobs on which it is based. Uber is now a company not listed on the stock Exchange the most expensive in the world, with a valuation of approximately $ 62 billion.
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