Chris Weaver: Just what is the employment status of Uber drivers?

Over the summer it was reported that the GMB trade union was launching legal action against Uber over its treatment of drivers who are GMB members.  It claims that drivers working for Uber are in fact “employees” or “workers” and not, as Uber asserts, self-employed “business partners”.  If the employment tribunal agrees that the drivers are workers or employees then Uber will face substantial liabilities for failing to grant them basic rights under employment law.

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