Uber’s license to operate in London is up for review on 31 May. It shouldn’t be a license to exploit drivers!
Ask Transport for London to not renew Uber’s license unless it pays drivers properly and respects their rights.
Uber keeps behaving like it’s above the law — but the mayor and transport authority of London have a unique opportunity this month to make the $69 billion company guarantee basic workers rights, whether they like it or not.
London is one of Uber’s only success stories in Europe. And its current license to operate there expires on May 31. So GMB, the union for Uber drivers, has called on Transport for London not to renew the license unless Uber guarantees safe working practices and basic employment rights.
We can win this together! Transport for London has some great policies on buying fair trade, guaranteeing a living wage, and even helping stop abuses in its electronics supply chains overseas. SumOfUs members helped secure that last one in 2015, and we can win again, if we add our voices to the Uber drivers demanding respect for their rights.
Ask the Mayor of London and Transport for London not to renew the license unless Uber guarantees safe working practices and basic employment rights to its drivers.
Many drivers are working long hours for less than the UK national minimum wage in order to try and make ends meet. Drivers working excessive hours is bad for them, bad for passengers, and bad for other road users. Transport for London has a right and responsibility to put the brakes on Uber’s recklessness, and could send an important signal to other “gig economy” corporations and city authorities around the world.
Last year GMB won a landmark employment tribunal case on behalf of drivers against Uber. The court ruled that Uber drivers were not self-employed contractors but employed workers with rights to the national minimum wage, sickness and holiday pay. This important case has major implications for more than 30,000 drivers across England and Wales. But Uber is appealing the case, and continues ignoring workers’ rights.
Ask Transport for London to not renew Uber’s license unless it pays drivers properly and guarantees them their workers’ rights.
Uber’s notorious business model is built on bending the law and mistreating workers. But finally, a massive popular resistance is turning back the tide on this Silicon Valley outcast. The #DeleteUber movement on twitter has been one of the most inspiring counter-corporate campaigns of the year so far — that arguably cost Uber its president and many thousands of users. People power even forced Uber’s CEO to resign from Donald Trump’s business advisory council. Right now we have an opportunity like no other, if we all pile on in London.
Sign the petition to ask Transport for London to keep Uber drivers and passengers safe.
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Eoin and the team at SumOfUs
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