Transport for London has renewed Uber’s private hire vehicle operator’s licence for a period of four months.
GMB, the union for private hire and taxi drivers, will seek to engage in any discussion process during the short term renewal period to ensure TfL force Uber to guarantee safe working practices and basic employment rights, such as minimum wage and holiday pay before they renew a five-year licence.
Steve Garelick, GMB Branch Secretary said: “TfL are aware of GMB concerns on the renewal of Uber’s private hire vehicle operator’s licence and have ignored the issue. They have simply kicked it in to the long grass by granting a four-month extension.
“TfL have not listened to GMB concerns and they are ducking the issue, showing a distinct lack of courage by not imposing any conditions.
“TfL are prepared to continue to ignore the concern of the trade as a whole.”
Maria Ludkin, GMB Legal Director, said: “We are disappointed that TfL have tried to kick this issue into the long grass. Whether it is this week or in four months’ time, GMB will ensure that TfL are obliged to deal with the very real concerns of drivers, passengers and the public in respect of working conditions at Uber.”