Uber has made a massive concession in its contractual world, coming up with a plan to offer its drivers sick pay and maternity pay — funded by an insurance policy that's paid for using the commissions it takes on each trip.
Uber's UK team says this change kicks in on June 1, which is quite the coincidence as the taxi company's battle with the courts to retain its London licence is set to hit the courts this summer, when its appeal is heard.
The AXA Insurance Partner Protection policy covers 70,000 UK drivers, who can expect to receive £75 a day in sick pay, up to a maximum of £1,125. The policy also covers injuries and medical expenses, and includes a one-off maternity/paternity payment of £1,000, should any drivers ever take enough time off from driving to have sex.
To qualify for the policy, drivers need to have clocked 150 trips in the last eight weeks, with workers in its food courier division required to have completed 30 drops in the same time period. [Standard]