The Uber ruling to grant drivers workers rights is a disaster for UK plc according to Dave Chaplin, CEO and founder of Contractor Calculator, the UK’s leading online portal that provides free information and advice to some thousands of self employed workers every month.
Commenting on the outcome of today’s Uber case, when drivers contended that they are not engaged on a self-employed basis and are entitled to employment benefits and statutory rights Dave Chaplin said:
“This is the most high-profile court case concerning employment in recent years and today’s ruling is a disaster for Uber who will now be faced with compensating its drivers retrospectively. What’s more, it is a disaster for UK plc as it is certain to open the floodgates for more workers to challenge their employers in pursuit of their rights from companies which operate a similar business model to Uber. It will also arm HMRC with the ammunition to attack genuine freelancers under the rules of IR35 and I would urge all self employed contractors to seriously consider their IR35 position.”
In a recent survey conducted by Contractor Calculator’s 80% of self-employed freelancers categorically said that they do not want any rights at all, 88% do not want maternity/paternity rights, 82% do not want sickness pay, 85% shun holiday rights and pay, 75% do not want to be forced into auto-enrolment of a pension, 80% do not want extra rights to help with grievances or disciplinary matters and 94% do not want any restrictions on hours worked and are happy to manage their own affairs.
“The Uber case does not paint the full picture of self-employment and there are thousands of self-employed freelancers who are very happy with the way they work, they do not want rights and do not see themselves as vulnerable workers.”