Dutch trade union takes Uber to court over freelance drivers

Trade union FNV is taking online taxi company Uber to court in an effort to force it to pay drivers in line with the sector’s own pay deal. Uber, FNV spokesman Amrit Sewgobind told broadcaster NOS, manages drivers as if they are employees.

‘They have to keep to the taxi company rules and that means they should be paid in line with the sector agreement,’ Sewgobind said. Maurits Schönfeld, Uber’s northern Europe director, told NOS that the union is serving its own interests. Drivers, he said, ‘value the full flexibility which being free not to work on a Tuesday afternoon’ gives them.’

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