By Reuters Staff
FILE PHOTO: The Uber logo is displayed on a mobile phone in this picture illustration taken November 25, 2019. REUTERS/Hannah McKay/Illustration/File Photo
LONDON (Reuters) – Uber drivers in Britain should receive the minimum wage from the time they log on until they log off from the app, two former drivers who led a successful court battle said after the firm granted workers rights on Wednesday.
Following a Supreme Court defeat last month, the Silicon Valley-based company reclassified its more than 70,000 drivers in Britain as workers, meaning they are guaranteed entitlements such as holiday pay.
On the minimum wage, which stands at 8.72 pounds ($12.13) per hour for those aged 25 and over, Uber said it would apply after accepting a trip request and after expenses and that on average drivers earn an hourly 17 pounds in London.
Drivers will not receive it during the time they spend waiting for a passenger, which can account for as much as a third of the time drivers are behind the wheel with the app turned on, according to several U.S. studies.
James Farrar and Yaseen Aslam, the two lead drivers in a 2016 employment tribunal case that Uber unsuccessfully contested all the way to Britains top court, criticised the move.
Uber drivers will be still short-changed to the tune of 40-50%, they said in a statement released by the App Drivers & Couriers Union they lead.
Also, it is not acceptable for Uber to unilaterally decide the driver expense base in calculating minimum wage.
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