The recent ruling in the UK in which the Supreme Court dismissed Uber drivers as being self-employed is of great significance to this country but also to the European Union.
The ruling indicates that the company could have attempted to circumvent the labor law, which can be interpreted mainly as a way to avoid the labor costs that could result from a real business relationship in which workers could be considered employees of Uber with financial relevance and business obligations.
The so-called cooperative economy (according to the ruling) assumes a position, in the case of this company, the drivers of the company will not be self-employed, but self-employed, who will have to fulfill service contracts with the abusers and the Lyons. Circumstances.
The ruling states that they are already employed and have the right to benefit from regular labor legislation with all its benefits (leave, minimum or higher salary, etc.) It is without a doubt a profound sentence.
There are many companies in the so-called cooperative economy that can be on everyone’s mind, as they are part of the economic and social life in many countries. It is part of a social reality that has become easy to get used to without realizing that it contributes to significant instability in the working lives of millions of workers around the world.
It is regrettable that all this happens due to the inability to work in the key to global governance, while the growth of this type of companies is possible thanks to the possibility of working within the framework of the global economy; Global access to vast amounts of economic resources at high labor costs.
Unions and employers must rediscover themselves and search for new formulas of old practices of labor exploitation, now renewed in the twenty-first century, to avoid steps back in rights, which are also steps backward in sustaining collective well-being. This is the task of the next few years.