This is part of an article that appeared in the press a few days ago in relation to the recent decision in the UK.
In a statement provided to The New Daily, an Uber Australia spokesman said its drivers preferred to be classed as contractors.
“The overwhelming majority of drivers who use the Uber app want to keep the freedom and flexibility of being able to drive when and where they want.”
In the statement, Uber claimed the landmark decision would only affect the two British d…rivers who brought the case.
Ride-Sharing Drivers’ Association of Australia secretary Les Johnson had a different take on the decision.
“They got shot to the ribbons,” Mr Johnson said.
“This will undoubtedly affect ride sharing in Australia.”
Mr Johnson said he believed it was “only a matter of time” before a similar action was brought against Uber Australia, but argued what ride-sharing drivers really wanted was flexibility coupled with fairness.
“We want to be independent contractors with fair contracts and sustainable rates,” he said.
“They micro-manage us to the nth degree.”
Mr Johnson said Uber drivers were often banned from the app if they refused a job too far away, and were regularly forced to agree to updated contracts before gaining access to the app.
“If you were presented with a 10-page contract on your phone and told to agree to it before you could start work, would you read it?” he asked.
I am fairly sure that most people would agree that the points raised by the RSDAA are factual and certainly not adversarial as has been claimed by some.
In relation to contact with Uber a meeting was convened at the request of Uber after the RSDAA was formed. Matters for consideration were raised at that meeting with an understanding that Uber would come back to the RSDAA within 7 days, that never happened and we were advised, many weeks later, that they would prefer to deal one on one with drivers. Now, they have even blocked email communication with drivers such as yourself.
Gocatch on the other hand are more than happy to deal with the RSDAA and when constructive suggestions are put forward to management, in most cases they have acted to put in place those suggestions.
Due in part to the tireless work of some of the committee members, during the OPT Review, drivers in Queensland are enjoying the lowest compliance costs in the jurisdictions where ride sharing operates in Australia. We were also asked to give evidence to the Legislative Assembly Committee on Transport and Infrastructure in Sydney at Parliament House.