Wednesday 17 March 2021 / 9:48 AM Andy McDonald

Andy McDonald responds to the announcement that Uber says it will give its 70,000 UK drivers a guaranteed minimum wage, holiday pay and pensions

Andy McDonald MP, Labour’s Shadow Employment Rights and Protections Secretary, responding to the announcement that Uber says it will give its 70,000 UK drivers a guaranteed minimum wage, holiday pay and pensions, said:

“It is welcome news that Uber are to recognise their drivers as workers. This announcement is testament to the hard work of the GMB trade unions and drivers, but it should not have taken 5 years of court battles for drivers to get basic rights at work.

“The Supreme Court ruling sent a clear message that companies should not game the system by undercutting the rights of their employees. Gig economy workers under similar arrangements across the economy must now also be recognised as workers.

“The Government must not leave it to low-paid and precarious workers to spend time and money they can ill afford to fight for their rights in the courts. The Government need to urgently introduce legislation to clarify the position of all gig economy workers.”