Uber has lost its license to operate in Sheffield in the latest blow for the beleaguered company says GMB.
Sheffield City Council said the Californian ride-sharing app is legally allowed to operate up to December 18, and if it chooses to appeal this suspension it can continue to operate until the appeal is heard. If it decides against an appeal the suspension will come into force. It is the latest blow in what has been a bad year for Uber. In November, the Employment Appeal Tribunal upheld a ruling that Uber drivers should be classified as workers. October 2016 saw the Central London Employment Tribunal rule in GMB's favour - determining that Uber drivers are not self-employed, but workers entitled to basic workers’ rights including holiday pay, a guaranteed minimum wage and an entitlement to breaks. And in September, TfL refused to renew their license to operate in London. Lee Parkinson, GMB Organiser, said: “This is yet another blow for Uber and more proof their exploitative business model does not pay. “When will Uber admit it has to change its ways and put the safety of its drivers and the public before profits? “If Uber appeals this decision it will be caught up in three separate legally disputes -all brought about by its own actions. “How long before investors and shareholders says enough is enough? “GMB calls on Sheffield City Council to be transparent over the reasons for their concerns about Uber so the public and drivers can be fully informed.”