Planning for Brexit
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The legal challenge Uber is facing this week is the case of the year in UK employment law for three reasons. First, Uber is battling a wave of litigation around the world. A US class action settlement worth US$84-US$100m is having trouble getting judicial approval, with criticism that it is too cheap a price. Second, unlike the US and other countries, the UK has a third way between costly employee status and low-rights self-employment status. This "worker" label is valuable because it gives some basic protections on working time and pay, and includes the right to litigate which Uber tries to avoid with arbitration clauses. Third, it highlights the growing opportunities for unions to regroup and reverse years of decline, by organising among the fragmented "gig economy" workforce.