Uber drivers set to go on strike across UK today

By Alexander J Martin, technology reporter
Uber drivers across the UK are set to strike for 24 hours from 1pm today as the company continues to appeal against a court ruling giving them employee rights.
The Independent Workers Union of Great Britain (IWGB) has called for a 24-hour strike of Uber drivers in London, Birmingham and Nottingham this afternoon.Uber lost a court battle in 2016 when an employment tribunal found against its classification of drivers as independent contractors, although the company continues to appeal against that ruling.James Farrar, IWGB's united private hire drivers branch chair, told Sky News that despite the court ruling that Uber was required to class its drivers as "limb b workers" - entitling them to the minimum wage and holiday pay - Uber's continued court appeals have meant that ruling has not yet been implemented.The strike on Tuesday will be the first time that a trade union has taken strike action against Uber.IWGB is calling for public support for the striking drivers by asking customers not to "cross the digital picket line" by using the app during the strike.Drivers will be staging protests outside of the company's officers in London, Birmingham and Nottingham on Tuesday.The union is currently engaged in legal efforts to secure private hire drivers rights through the courts, and has cases against Uber, Green Tomato Cars and A2B Cars.Earlier this year, Uber's UK boss admitted the decision not to renew its London licence last year was correct, as the company attempted to address negative press.
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