United Kingdom - Uber and workers’ rights - May 31, 2018

 Uber has introduced for its drivers a modified insurance scheme that provides them with workers' rights following increasing pressure from unions. Uber offered, since 2017, a pay-for insurance scheme to drivers to cover losses in the event of illness or injury. This scheme is now enhanced and made free for all taxi drivers who have completed at least 150 trips over a period of eight weeks, or Uber Eats workers who completed at least 30 deliveries over a period of eight weeks. Drivers can access a lump sum of £7,500 in medical cover, £50,000 for a permanent injury related to the job, bereavement pay, and sickness pay of up to £75 per day for 15 days and £30 a day for a further 15 days. According to the trade unions, the deal still falls short of what the drivers would likely be legally entitled to if they took their case to court.

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