GMB asks HMRC to investigate Uber

The GMB, which recently won an Employment Tribunal ruling against Uber has requested the HMRC to investigate the ride hailing company over its compliance with minimum wage laws and hat it refers to as “the dark maze of tax avoidance”.

As reported last earlier this month, the GMB brought two cases to the Central London Employment Tribunal and the tribunal ruled on the 28th October that Uber drivers are entitled to receive a guaranteed minimum wage, sick pay and an entitlement to breaks.

In a statement, Maria Ludkin, GMB Legal Director said: “We have formally requested today that HMRC investigate the dark maze of tax avoidance at Uber.

“The recent judgement shows that Uber drivers are workers, employed by Uber.

“The company can no longer try to pass the buck of tax responsibility to drivers by pretending they are self employed.

“HMRC must act now to enforce the UK national living wage / national minimum wage laws for Uber drivers.

“HMRC should recover employers national insurance contributions and employee PAYE tax and national insurance contributions from Uber for the drivers.

“As GMB demonstrated in the Tribunal, one drivers average pay for driving hours was £5.68 and zero for time waiting for work.”

Ludkin added: “HMRC has a legal duty to ensure that the 30,000 drivers are paid the living wage / national minimum wage for all hours Uber drivers are clocked on.

“HMRC should recover employers’ national Insurance contributions and employee PAYE tax and national insurance.”

The union has also been looking at contract arrangement for Deliveroo drivers.
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