Mr BARTON (Eastern Metropolitan) (09:52): Today I am pleased to rise and congratulate the former and current Uber drivers in the United Kingdom, their legal team and the unions that supported them for winning their legal case against Uber.
This case regarded the right of Uber drivers to be paid the national minimum wage, to receive paid annual leave and to benefit from other protections under UK law.
The Supreme Court in the United Kingdom held that Uber drivers are workers and not employed, independent contractors. In reaching their decision, Their Honours relied on five factors, including: that earnings paid to drivers for the work undertaken is fixed by Uber, that the contractual terms are dictated by Uber and that the driver’s choice about whether to accept requests for rides is constrained by Uber.
This outcome does not surprise me. If it looks like a duck, if it swims like a duck, if it quacks like a duck, Mr Meddick, it is a duck.
I urge the government to look at this judgement and ask themselves why Uber is not being held to the same standards here.