The transportation network firm Uber is making a move to better its relationship with drivers of UK. The firm has declared a fresh partnership with the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed (IPSE) to deliver personal hurt and illness cover for the forty thousand drivers of the country.
This differs from the insurance cover extended to drivers by Uber at the time of driving cars or between Uber trips which according to an Uber spokesperson is a first for the firm in any market and also the first for any private rental and taxi company in the UK.
The scheme according to Uber will make all working drivers employing the Uber app in the UK, who have finished a minimum of 500 trips eligible to join IPSE, at the expense of £2 weekly who can then obtain benefits.
The coverage as per Uber includes sickness and damage cover of nearly £2000 for not being able to drive for 2 weeks or greater, jury service cover till £2000 and free suggestion and support on clearing tax along with personal finance matters like mortgages, pensions and savings in future.Occupational accident cover of £300 each week till 52 weeks for an accident occurring during a journey or while being signed into the Uber app is also afforded.
The 40000 UK drivers will be enabled to sign up for £2 week, with Uber also committing an undisclosed sum to provide benefits in return valued at £8. This consists of up to £2000 for drivers not able to function for 2 weeks or over or on jury facility, and £300 weekly on job accident cover.
Apart from obtaining precious illness and damage cover, drivers will gain from being part of the UK’s biggest voice committed to upholding the self-employed community. Providing representation to entire self-employed community forms a segment of IPSE’s endeavor and inviting drivers who employ Uber within the fold aids to accomplish this.
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The scheme is Uber’s maiden venture, which has encountered lawsuits from drivers it categorizes as freelance contractors instead of employees.The classification enables the firm to evade different tax and benefit expenses incurred by an employer.
The IPSE collaboration comes in the wake of a number of uber driver allowances declared last February. These comprise FlexPlay, which offers option to the drivers to bank their incomes early in the week, income advice sessions and a twelve month premium membership to language instructing app Busuu.
According to Jo Bertram, regional general manager of Uber in the UK drivers want greater security in case of unforeseen events. Uber claims that its drivers are self-employed, have the freedom to work according to their choice and earn an average of £15 hourly not comprising vehicle or fuel expenses. However, a few drivers have expressed resent that they receive under minimum wage on average and omit when they can’t drive on account of unforeseeable circumstances.
Uber’s personal status is in a state of flux. The European Court of Justice is evaluating Uber’s position as a transportation company versus a tech firm. Its decision will affect how Uber and different like firms are licensed and monitored. Uber is also facing criminal proceedings in France.