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Uber agrees to recognize UK driver union

The agreement excludes Uber Eats couriers.

Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi

Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi

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Uber has agreed to allow 70,000 drivers in the U.K. to organize and bargain collectively with the GMB union, the Guardian reports. The agreement only pertains to ride-hail drivers, excluding those who deliver for Uber Eats.

In March, Uber agreed to guarantee U.K. drivers an hourly minimum wage, holiday pay and pensions in light of a Supreme Court ruling in February that required Uber to classify its drivers as workers, rather than as independent contractors.

The App Drivers & Couriers Union, however, says it's "not prepared to enter into a recognition agreement" with the company because "Uber continues to violate basic employment law such as the right to minimum wage for all working time and holiday pay despite the recent U.K. Supreme Court ruling in our favor," the group said in a press release.

The group, whose members led the lawsuit against Uber that resulted in February's court ruling, also pointed to Uber's "divisive and anti-union" tactics in California and New York.

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