Uber recognizes first-employee status for British drivers

That’s a big change for Uber, whose drivers until now have been freelance.

UBer will give its British drivers the status of salaried workers, with a minimum wage and paid leave, a world first for the American community and disables the UK’s digital platform model.

The US auto giant announced in a statement on Tuesday that all of its more than 70,000 drivers in the country will take advantage of these benefits as of Wednesday. That’s a big change for Uber, whose drivers until now have been freelance.

The platform moved quickly after launching wide consultations with its drivers and just one month after a resounding defeat in the Supreme Court. Britain’s highest court ruled on February 19 that drivers could be considered “workers” and thus benefit from social rights.

Justice ruled in favor of a group of about twenty drivers who felt they deserved worker status, given the time they spent contacting the app and the oversight that the group exercised, for example in their assessment.

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