UK: Addison Lee drivers strike over poor wages & high commission rates

Author: Robert Booth, The Guardian, Published on: 3 May 2019

"Luton airport cab drivers strike over pay rates", 1 May 2019

Minicab drivers at Luton airport are striking over pay rates that average just £4.72 an hour in some cases, well below the over-25 statutory minimum wage of £8.21...

About 50 minicab drivers for Addison Lee contracted to work at the UK’s fifth busiest airport are stopping work for 24 hours on Wednesday. They claim they are earning low wages despite working on average 70 hours a week...

They also want cuts to the commission taken by Addison Lee – currently 35% of fares – and the £210 weekly rental charge for Addison Lee-liveried vehicles...

Judges have repeatedly ruled that drivers for gig economy firms including Addison Lee and Uber should be treated as workers entitled to the national minimum wage and paid holiday, but appeals by the companies mean changes are yet to be introduced...

...A spokesperson for Addison Lee said: “We engage directly with our self-employed Luton driver partners to help them earn a decent living. We have invested almost £7m in our Luton operation since 2016, which has benefited drivers directly, and average Luton driver partner pay increased by 11% between 2017 and 2018. We regularly review our driver deal to ensure it is competitive.”...

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