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Old 24-02-2021, 11:33   #100
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Re: Uber licence revoked

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Originally Posted by OLD BOY View Post
Businesses adapt all the time. If British businesses get undercut by competition, they just respond and get better. That’s progress.
That’s a race to the bottom.

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Of course businesses need to work within the law. It is unfortunate that the law is an ass.
The law is continually being tested, novel ways found to get around unintended consequences, etc.
Yes and fundamentally ways of getting round it to avoid taxes (e.g. employers NICs) by categorising employees as self-employed is and always has been illegal.

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As for workers’ rights, the right to seek the flexibility that many gig workers find useful is being compromised. Both Uber and their drivers considered the drivers to be self employed. There was no need for the courts to interfere and amend the contracts that had been drawn up with joint agreement.
People and employers don’t get to decide who are self employed for tax purposes. HMRC do.

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As I said, this is not good news for consumers either, who will now have to pay more for the same service. This will lead to fewer people using the service, which will mean less work for the newly designated ‘employees’. Lose/lose.
Absolute nonsense Old Boy. It’s great news for the consumer because the ultimate aim of Uber and the like is to eliminate competition and move towards monopoly pricing.

Businesses adapt all the time you say.

Well this time Uber can adapt to following employment law. And paying taxes in Britain just like everyone else.
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