London, UK /
In the UK, the GMB will represent 70,000 drivers of the passenger road giant, Uber has announced, in a landmark agreement.
“Uber and GMB will join hands to improve flexible working standards in this sector,” the American group said in a statement.
The text stated that “through a collective bargaining agreement, the union will represent drivers throughout the United Kingdom.”
He added that the workers “will have the freedom to choose whether, when and where to drive their cars (for Uber), and they will have the option to be represented by the GMB.”
As part of the agreement, The GMB and Uber will negotiate minimum wages, paid time off, and retirement plans And other aspects such as health coverage or driver safety.
“This great agreement between GMB and Uber could be a first step towards fairer working conditions for millions of people,” said Mick Rex, the national head of GMB, which represents the interests of 620,000 workers in the country.
“Although Uber and GMB don’t seem allies at first glance, we have always agreed that drivers are the priority,” said Jimmy Heywood, one of Uber’s European leaders.
Uber already admitted in March that Its 70,000 drivers in the United Kingdom had wage worker status, entitled to minimum wages and paid holidays, The first in the world for the American company, which until now had considered these drivers to be independent workers.
The platform reacted swiftly, after the Supreme Court rejected its arguments in this regard.