Responding to the Employment Tribunal ruling today on Uber, Andrew Allison, Head of Campaigns for The Freedom Association, said:
“Today’s ruling is bad for Uber drivers and bad for Uber customers, too. The vast majority of drivers welcome the flexibility Uber gives them.
“One driver in Liverpool recently told me that he has worked in the taxi business for ten years, and he has never been as happy as he is now since he started working with Uber just under a year ago. He has a better work/life balance, and because he can rate customers, as well as customers being able to rate drivers, he doesn’t get abusive customers – a problem that he has experienced working for other companies.
“Drivers are not employed by the Uber – they obtain work through Uber, something that seems to have been lost on the tribunal and the GMB union that brought the case to court.”
“Uber is right to appeal against this decision, and will have the majority of drivers behind them. If allowed to stand, this ruling will mean fewer drivers getting work, and higher fares for customers. No-one wins.”