Uber pays a minimum wage to its drivers in the UK

Uber pays a minimum wage to its drivers in the UK

Drivers will also be recognized as social security contributions and paid holidays, as para-subordinate workers and no longer as self-employed

(Photo: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times / Getty Images) They will be designated as para-subordinate workers, but will not enjoy all the benefits of the people hired, the 70,000 British drivers who provide their service through the Uber app, which in the United Kingdom is worth 6.4% of pre-booked rides, according to data from last quarter. They will be granted a minimum wage on an hourly basis, paid holidays and the payment of social security contributions. It is the result of consultations that the company claims to have held with thousands of workers, following the Supreme Court ruling that a month ago imposed the Californian company to consider its drivers as parasubordinate workers, in a third-degree ruling. br>
This adjustment, which affects only the UK, will not lead to an increase in tariffs for customers, explains Uber according to reports from the BBC. Wages will start from a base of 8.72 pounds per hour (10.19 euros), equal to the national minimum wage paid to over 25s, from the moment the driver accepts a travel request and "minus the expenses". However, the period spent waiting for the passenger will not be paid: according to various studies conducted in the United States, this fraction of time is worth about one third of the total spent with the app activated. All drivers will have paid holidays based on 12.07% of their earnings, with payments every two weeks. They will also be automatically enrolled in a pension plan, fed by contributions signed by both parties. Drivers will continue to choose how, where and when to get to work.

Free insurance will also be maintained in the event of illness or accident, as well as payments for maternity or paternity leave, in force since 2018. If some unions have heralded such measures as a victory, according to the two Drivers who had filed a lawsuit with Uber in 2016, James Farrar and Yaseen Aslam, the Supreme Court ruling actually asked for drivers to be granted employee rights from the moment they log in until the app is shut down. For other observers, however, this is a point in favor of the workers of the gig economy, who would thus have demonstrated the ability to bring the giants of the sector to terms. The United Kingdom is the home of Deliveroo, which on this front recently announced a productivity "bonus" of 510 euros on average to riders from all over the world who have made more deliveries and which will be disbursed upon listing when the company could reach a valuation of $ 10 billion.

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