As Uber loses its first UK Court Appeal against drivers’ rights, Londoners are left wondering how they are expected to get home after a Saturday night out. This ruling could see Uber being forced to treat drivers as workers rather than self-employed or loose the right to operate in the capital.
James Farrar told the BBC how he was feeling: "Just huge relief. I really hope it will stick this time and that Uber will obey the ruling of the court. I'd like Uber to sit down and work out how as quickly as possible that every driver who is working for Uber get the rights they are entitled to."
The GMB union, which backed the case, said the ruling, by the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT), was a "landmark victory" for workers' rights, especially in the gig economy, a system of casual working which does not commit a business or a worker to set hours or rights. Maria Ludkin, the GMB's legal director, also said: "Uber must now face up to its responsibilities and give its workers the rights to which they are entitled. GMB urges the company not to waste everyone's time and money dragging their lost cause to the Supreme Court."
So its looking grim for Uber!! However, we look to these two #blackowned ride sharing apps to fill the upcoming void Uber will leave in the capital.
Moovn is the brainchild of Tanzanian immigrant Godwin Gabriel. The tech entrepreneur holds an MBA from the Foster School of Business but taught himself how to code before developing and launching the app in 2015. Now, Moovn operates in several major U.S. cities, including Seattle, New York, Chicago and San Fransico. They’ve also gone global with offices in Dubai, Tanzania, South Africa, and plans for a presence in more cities in the next coming months. Still, the app remained relatively unknown until #DeleteUber happened.
Launched in May 2016 by Michael DeWalt, RideApp has so far received great reviews from users, along with a 5-star rating on Google Play. "Best service ever! The goto source for rides. Taxi is so outdated of a term. Replaced by RIDE!” said one user on Google Play.