Press release

Uber ruling shows need for greater security for 'gig economy' workers

Commenting on the employment tribunal ruling (Friday 28 October) that found Uber's tax drivers cannot be treated as self-employed, Ed Mayo said:

"The landmark ruling today on Uber taxi drivers’ employment rights shows that the development of the so-called ‘gig economy’ has, to date, been at the expense of the workers. This is hardly a surprise. Alongside the growth in self-employed workers we have seen a rise in the number of freelancers starting co-ops in order to create more security for themselves – and they have been doing this precisely because employers and legislation do not do it for them.

"Whether the judgment on Uber will set a precedent for other employers remains to be seen. What is clear is that we need to find a need to find a way for self-employed workers – from taxi drivers to music teachers – to create greater financial security and less uncertainty for themselves."

This comment was published as a letter in the Guardian

To read more on how self-employed co-operatives can help create security see our report Not Alone.