Uber has lost an appeal against a court ruling issued last year by an employment tribunal in the UK, which stated that Uber employees should be classed as workers with minimum-wage rights. In its appeal, Uber argued that most of its drivers prefer their self-employed status, and that the worker status would deprive them of the ‘personal flexibility they value’. A London tribunal decided against Uber’s appeal, and the decision was welcome by the Independent Workers’ Union of Great Britain, which argues that companies in the sharing economy have been choosing to ‘deprive workers of their rights’. Uber plans to continue to challenge the court decision, and it yet to decide whether to go through a court of appeal, or straight to the Supreme Court.
The impact of the Internet on businesses and the global economy has been crucial in shaping new economic models, and at the same time, raising new concerns.
The Internet is one of the primary drivers of economic growth, which is visible in many countries that have placed the development of ICT as one of the primary tools for boosting the economy.
It is frequently mentioned that the Internet is changing the way in which we work. ICTs have blurred the traditional routine of work, free time, and sleep (8+8+8 hours), especially in multinational corporation working environment. It is increasingly difficult to distinguish where work starts and where it ends. These changes in working patterns may require new labour legislation, addressing such issues as working hours, the protection of labour interests, and remuneration.