Uber has been kicked out of London.
The taxi-hailing service has lost its operator’s licence following opposition by the GMB who campaigned for drivers’ minimum wage, regular breaks and holiday entitlements.
The company maintained the drivers were self-employed but a 100,000 strong petition opposed its business model and there were further complaints by the Hackney Carriage or Black Cab drivers who faced tougher tests and requirements than Uber.
Uber operate in Cardiff and now they may be reviewed by the City Council.
Maria Ludkin, GMB Legal Director, said, “This historic decision is a victory for GMB’s campaign to ensure drivers are given the rights they are entitled to – and that the public, drivers and passengers are kept safe.
“As a result of sustained pressure from drivers and the public, Uber has suffered yet another defeat – losing its license to operate in London.
“It’s about time the company faced up to the huge consequences of GMB’s landmark employment tribunal victory – and changed its ways.
“No company can be behave like it’s above the law, and that includes Uber. No doubt other major cities will be looking at this decision and considering Uber’s future on their own streets.
“GMB will always challenge bogus self-employment and tackling exploitation.
“This decision vindicates our campaign and should be a wake-up call to a company that has for far too long been in denial.”