“This Assembly notes the judgement of the Central London Employment Tribunal that private hire drivers ‘employed’ by Uber are ‘workers’ and are therefore entitled to a guaranteed minimum wage, holiday pay, occupational safety and other basic employment rights.
This Assembly also notes the recent report ‘Sweated Labour: Uber and Gig Economy’ in which Frank Field MP compares the working conditions of Transport for London (TfL) licensed Uber drivers to those of Victorian-era ‘sweated labour’.
This Assembly also notes the report’s recommendation that the Mayor should seek and the Department for Transport should grant the powers for TfL and all other local licensing authorities to make workers’ rights for licensed private hire drivers a condition of granting licenses to operators.
This Assembly believes that ‘sweated labour’ conditions in the publicly-licensed transportation system are not only morally indefensible but also create an unacceptable public safety risk with many drivers working long hours to make ends meet.
This Assembly agrees that there must be zero tolerance of sweatshop conditions in London’s licensed transport system. We therefore call on the Mayor to lobby government for powers to make workers’ rights a condition of all future operator licensing.”