Worker status is sought by Australia probes Uber recruiting as drivers
Australia’s workplace regulator on Wednesday said it is investigating U.S. ride-hailing company Uber Technologies Inc over how it recruits drivers, after a drivers group hunted worker as opposed to subcontractor status. The Fair Work Ombudsman intends to concentrate on whether the startup, making apps that enable people is in violation of workplace rules, a spokesman said.
“We’ve started an investigation,” the spokesman said. “That’s all that can be said at this moment.”
The ombudsman is empowered to take action to force companies to comply with workplace laws and cover minimum wage and retirement benefits to workers.
Uber defended how drivers engage.
The investigation is the most recent brush with authorities of Uber. In March, the San Francisco-based startup lost a court battle against Britain’s Transport for London (TfL) above English-language requirements for motorists, but was granted an appeal on Tuesday. The probe comes after RideShare Drivers United, a group earlier this month, representing some Uber motorists hunted classification as employees.
“Over 60,000 Australian driver-partners decide to drive with the Uber program since they like setting their own schedule and being their own boss,” Uber said in a statement emailed to Reuters.
“We will be delighted to help the Fair Work Ombudsman with any questions they might have,” Uber said.
Uber has endured in the company with allegations of bullying and sexism.