“Beginning today, Uber drivers in the UK will be treated as workers.”
– Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi, announcing its UK drivers are workers—not independent contractors—and entitled to a living wage, holiday pay, and pension contributions. Not arising from benevolence, his op-ed concedes to a February Supreme Court Ruling
in favour of a 2016 lawsuit by UK drivers. While stopping short of recognizing Uber’s precarious workforce as employees, this designation has potential to reverberate throughout the global gig economy.