Is Jack as good as his master ? – » The Australian Independent Media Network

The UK decision, which may be influential on any future court challenge in Australia, looked at five key criteria to determine that the drivers were workers who were subject to the control of their “employer”. These were: Uber sets the fare for rides booked through the app and drivers are not able to charge more than the fare calculated; Uber specifies and imposes the terms on which the drivers perform their services; the drivers’ choice about whether to accept requests for rides is constrained by Uber, for example by penalising drivers who decline trips too frequently; Uber exercises control over the way drivers perform their services, via a rating system; and Uber restricts communications between passengers and drivers to prevent any continuing relationship beyond an individual ride. The next move in Australia will be to take the issue to the courts for determination but in the meantime a driver owned co-operative seems like a good alternative for the drivers : after all it doesn’t take much to set up an ‘app’, does it ?

Source: Is Jack as good as his master ? – » The Australian Independent Media Network

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