Uber gives in, grants some benefits to British drivers – CNET


Uber has caught flack in the past few years for its treatment of drivers, due in part to its labeling of them as “self-employed” rather than “employees.” But now, the modern taxi company is extending a benefits package to its drivers in the UK, according to a Reuters report.

In order to offer drivers illness and injury coverage, Uber will begin offering a health plan to drivers who have made at least 500 trips. All the drivers have to contribute, according to the report, is £2 (about $2.60) per week. This will cover sickness, injury and jury leave.

The plan Uber is joining is run by the Association of Independent Professionals & the Self-Employed — and the decision comes only months after a British tribunal ruled against Uber for failing to provide some basic benefits.

Whether this new plan will affect Uber’s appeal of the ruling or not remains to be seen.

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