Uber has the right to pay its drivers at the National Living Wage, according to survey commissioned by Uber
Uber is right to pay its drivers the National Living Wage, according to a survey commissioned by the company, four months after the Supreme Court ruled that they were workers, not independent contractors.
The vast majority (81%) of 2,049 UK adults polled by YouGov on behalf of Uber said they believed carpool app drivers should be paid the minimum living wage, compared with 3% who didn’t ‘disagreed.
Seven in 10 (71 percent) of those polled said it was fairer to treat drivers like workers, 70 percent agreeing that drivers should be entitled to paid time off, while 6 percent did not agree.
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The Supreme Court ruled that Uber drivers were entitled to minimal legal rights, vacation and retirement, ending a five-year legal battle between the company and former drivers Yaseen Aslam and James Farrar.
Jamie Heywood, Uber’s regional general manager for Northern and Eastern Europe, said he “respects” the court ruling and plans to consult with all active drivers across the UK “to understand the changes they want to see ”.
Almost three-quarters (74%) of those surveyed said that drivers working for Uber’s competitors, including Bolt and Ola, should be treated the same in terms of the benefits they receive, regardless of the company they drive for. The figure rose to 81% among people who described themselves as carpooling users.
Similarly, 71 percent said the company a driver works for should contribute to their pension, and 6 percent disagreed.
“It looks like Uber did a good job following what the ruling said in giving us our opinion on a pension, paid vacation and minimum wage – I’d be surprised if someone doesn’t earn minimum wage.” , Charlie, Uber driver in London, mentioned.
“It will be interesting to see how other apps follow suit, because it works perfectly for me,” he said. I. “I have already noticed that there is a little extra money in my account every week, so what’s not to like? “
Equally excited is Jonathan, who has been driving for Uber in London for six and a half years.
“I think they want us to earn a reasonable amount for their time because if the drivers are not happy they will leave,” he said.
“They regularly ask us how they can improve, and that is a clear sign to me that they have our best interests at heart. If you see changes over time, to me that’s obvious proof. “
Uber agreed to recognize a union for the first time last week, which means the GMB union will have the power to represent its drivers in the UK in pay talks and working conditions negotiations.