The deal is a huge turnaround for the ‘gig’ employer, which only recently conceded defeat in a long-running legal battle over the employment status of drivers.
The Supreme Court decided once and for all that Uber drivers were workers with the right to the National Living Wage, rest breaks and holiday pay and not in fact self-employed as Uber insisted.
Mick Rix, GMB National Officer, said: “This groundbreaking deal between GMB and Uber could be the first step to a fairer working life for millions of people. History has been made.
“This agreement shows gig economy companies don’t have to be a wild west on the untamed frontier of employment rights.
“When tech private hire companies and unions work together like this, everyone benefits – bringing dignified, secure employment back to the world of work. We now call on all other operators to follow suit.”
GMB and Uber have agreed to work together on securing pay deals, fair pensions, benefits such as health insurance, health and safety and account deactivations.
The union will represent workers at regular meetings with the employer and Uber will ensure drivers have easy acess to GMB representatives.