In wake of the recent Supreme Court ruling, Uber will now give its 70,000 UK drivers a guaranteed minimum wage, holiday pay, and pensions. This development comes after the company lost a legal battle in the UK over drivers’ status. According to this ruling, drivers will now be given the status of a “worker” instead of “self-employed” and will earn the rights of workers. This will continue to let them work flexibly, in a way that they have been, since Uber’s launch in the UK in 2012.
Uber’s chief executive Dara Khosrowshahi told Evening Standard, “This is a significant improvement in the standard of work for UK drivers. But I know many observers won’t pat us on the back for taking this step, which comes after a five-year legal battle. They have a point, though I hope the path that we chose shows our willingness to change.”