In holding that Uber drivers are ‘workers’ for the purposes of the National Minimum Wage and paid holidays, the majority of the Court of Appeal has made an important contribution towards the goal of decent work for Uber drivers in London. At the same time, the decision underscores yet again the fragility of using the distinction between ‘workers’ and ‘independent contractors’ as the foundation for rights at work. The distinction is especially unsuited for the large and growing number of workers whose working relationships cannot easily be characterised within the bipolar contractual model, but whose working lives are precarious and vulnerable to exploitation …
Sandra Fredman and Darcy Du Toit, One Small Step Towards Decent Work: Uber v Aslam in the Court of Appeal, Industrial Law Journal, https://doi.org/10.1093/indlaw/dwz011. Published: 21 May 2019.