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Uber to be hit by strike action across Britain next week

TAXI and courier firm Uber will be hit by strike action across Britain next week.

Workers will strike on Tuesday in protest against unfair sackings, failure to obey a court ruling on pay and cuts in fares income.

Stoppages will take place in London, Bristol, Birmingham, Nottingham, Sheffield, Manchester, Leeds and Glasgow.

The action has been organised by members of the App Drivers and Couriers Union (ADCU) and will last for 24 hours from midnight.

The union said that the company had failed to comply with a Supreme Court ruling that Uber drivers should be paid for time spent waiting, which accounts for up to 40 per cent of a driver’s shift.

ADCU also said that Uber regularly unfairly dismisses drivers, with no right to appeal.

The workers say that Uber takes 25 per cent of drivers’ wages. They want this reduced to 15 per cent, with a fares increase from £1.25 to £2 per mile.

ADCU president Yaseen Aslam said: “It is shameful that Uber continues to defy the highest court in the land to cheat 70,000 workers out of pay for 40 per cent of their true working time.

“The drivers know they deserve, and are legally entitled to, much more than Uber is offering.

“This strike is just the beginning. There will be much more unrest until Uber does the right thing and pays drivers all that they are owed — both pension contributions and working time.”

A spokesperson for Uber said: “Following the historic trade union recognition deal with GMB, drivers have an even stronger voice within Uber. We are working together with our trade union partner to raise standards for drivers through greater transparency and engagement. GMB represents drivers in areas such as earnings, deactivations and the implementation of new worker benefits, such as holiday pay and pensions.”

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