Uber – It’s drivers deserve employment rights says Employment Tribunal

www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-37802386

The BBC has the story on its web site – see link above

As a trade unionist and indeed as a Liberal I welcome this Employment Tribunal result.

There is a trend these days for companies to require those who do work for them to treat themselves as self employed. The question is why do that? Is it in the interests of the person doing the work, or is it to reduce employment costs and responsibilities? But if I understand this particular case properly then the requirement is not even full self employment rather a restrictive version of it.

A quote from the BBC web article – The ruling accused Uber of “resorting in its documentation to fictions, twisted language and even brand new terminology”, adding: “The notion that Uber in London is a mosaic of 30,000 small businesses linked by a common ‘platform’ is to our mind faintly ridiculous.”

UK becoming the “self-employment capital” of Europe – Southport leading?

The UK is becoming the “self-employment capital” of Western Europe after an increase in the number of people working for themselves, according to a new report from the IPPR think-tank. IPPR said the UK had caught up with the EU average of 14% of workers who are self-employed. The number has increased by 8% over the past year, faster than in any other Western European nation. Spencer Thompson, senior economic analyst for IPPR, said: “Around 2,000 people a month are moving off benefits into their own business.”

This is interesting and I would not be surprised if Southport continues to lead this self-employment move. Southport has long had a strong tradition of small local businesses, far more than many other communities in Sefton or beyond I am told.

With thanks to the LGiU for the lead to this story