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TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS FOR UBER AS IT FIGHTS THE AUTHORITIES ON TWO FRONTS

Taxi cab hire app company Uber has been in the news a lot over the last couple of weeks – and for all the wrong reasons.

First off Transport for London refused last week to renew Uber’s licence to operate saying its working practices and its lack of checks on drivers makes it unfit to do so. Uber has since indicated it is willing to change the way it operates so it can have its licence renewed.

Then this week Uber finds itself at an Employment Appeals Tribunal appealing against a ruling that its drivers are entitled to rights such as holiday pay, maintaining that its workers are self-employed. Uber says is not part of the so-called “gig economy” and operates a similar business model to local taxi firms

Uber is seen by many industry experts as the daddy of the disruptors. Having issues with the authorities in my view goes with the territory. Disrupting an industry is one thing, operating in an ethical manner at all times is quite another.