18. mar 2021

Important judicial precedent

In February, the UK‘s Supreme Court ruled that Uber drivers must be treated as workers and not self-employed. The decision could mean that thousands of Uber drivers are entitled to minimum wage according to UK CLA‘s, as well as enjoying the rights and privileges they entail such as holiday and sick pay.

The Supreme Court ruled that Uber has behaved like an employer by setting rates, assigning rides, requiring drivers to follow certain routes and using a rating system to discipline them. Drivers are workers, according to the Court, because of Uber‘s level of control over them. This sounds very familiar to the thousands of supposedly „self-employed“ pilots in Europe

In a recent article from ECA, it states that the national labour and aviation authorities typically struggle to identify bogus self-employment, which has allowed the phenomenon of bogus self-employment to flourish in the past decade.

The article calls for authorities to take a firm stand so that pilots cannot be considered self-employed any more than Uber drivers are. FÍA agrees with ECA‘s point of view and encourages the Icelandic authorities to take a stand in these matters as regards bogus self-employment for pilots in Iceland.