As a consequence of the Government response in the House of Commons on the historic Supreme Court ruling against Uber, the GMB union is asking Ministers to take concrete steps to uphold the decision.
MPs from all parties agreed to a proposal that the government act on their past promises to crack down on fake self-employment.
Earlier this week, a “historic” victory was celebrated by Uber drivers as the Supreme Court found in favour of the union’s landmark lawsuit against the embattled firm.
The judges agreed with GMB, and found that Uber drivers are employers are entitled to the same rights as other workers, including the right to paid leave, a fixed minimum wage, and the right to fair breaks.
Uber has previously failed four times in court over the handling of its workers.
Mick Rix, GMB National Officer said:“The Government must enforce the Supreme Court’s landmark ruling not just in relation to Uber but across the gig economy.
“An important precedent has been determined through GMB’s long and successful battle – the gig’s up for bogus self-employment.
“The Prime Minister has so far failed to take forward previous Tory commitments to bring forward legislation on ending bogus self-employment.
“The time for dither and delay is over – we need to see real action to ensure greater protection and security for workers.”
Andy McDonald MP, Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Employment Rights said: “I commend the GMB for its continuous fight for rights for millions of workers in the gig economy.
“Uber and other employers should not be allowed to ignore this ruling and dodge their responsibilities.
“Millions of people in the gig economy are in fragile and insecure work with one-sided flexibility, which is bad for those workers, bad for the economy, and, as we’ve seen from this pandemic, a disaster for public health.
“The Government cannot abrogate its responsibility by telling workers to fight for their basic protection through the courts.
“They must enforce the ruling of the Supreme Court and legislate to ban exploitative practices like bogus self-employment to bring protection and security to all workers.”