“What a cheek! Too right our model is different to his. Uber drivers are paid so badly that some argue they?re perilously close to getting less than the minimum wage, and yet are still expected to take care of their own sick pay and holidays.”I’ve never hidden the fact that we have plumbers on self-employed contracts, but we pay our people the highest rates in the building industry, meaning they easily make more than ?100k a year, with our top people earning double that! And, just to be clear again, and with no disrespect to cab drivers and fast food deliverers, there is a huge difference between them and a highly-skilled plumber.
? “As people will know, Pimlico only employs the cream of tradespeople. That means that they could, if they wanted, work for themselves or go to work elsewhere. “However, they benefit from working for Pimlico and the considerable number of jobs we put their way. That was the case with Gary Smith the self-employed plumber that led us to the Supreme Court. Mr Smith earned more than ?500,000 in three years as a self-employed contractor to Pimlico Plumbers. ? We gave him loads of jobs and reaped the benefits, but wanted his cake and eat it when it no longer suited him. He operated as a VAT-registered, self-employed contractor, paying tax on a self-employed basis, claimed for an office in his house, and for his tools and petrol, and even employed his wife to carry out secretarial tasks, offsetting all these things as business expenses.
“And, as a result of what I believe was a misinterpretation of the law right at the start of the protracted court proceedings, we are now an easy target for, and I can?t believe I am writing this, ? Uber.”Who?d have thought a huge, international taxi firm, masquerading as a tech firm, with questionable and very well publicised and debated practices would deflect the heat from their company by trying to say they do things more fairly than a medium-sized UK plumbing firm!
“Clearly the Uber boss thinks it’s okay to treat his workers so badly while sitting in the lap of luxury in the middle of the desert, but it just doesn’t wash with me.”Uber is a scourge on our roads, and they are trying to take over the London taxi market with their bullying tactics. ? Last year I said they would start to push up their prices once they had a foothold and that seems to be coming true. It’s time the London Mayor took real action against this company before it spreads like a virus, killing off the iconic, indigenous London Black Cabs too.
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