Using Uber is not ‘morally acceptable’, says top ally of Jeremy Corbyn

Written by Josh May on 11 July 2017 in Diary

Rebecca Long Bailey accused the taxi firm of exploiting workers.

The shadow business secretary has said she does not use Uber because of the way it treats its drivers.

Speaking on Radio 4’s Today programme, Rebecca Long-Bailey accused the company of exploiting workers.

"I don’t personally use Uber because I don’t feel that it is morally acceptable," she said.

She was backed up fellow by Labour MP Wes Streeting who said the company's business model was "immoral".



Uber has been at the centre of controversy over whether its drivers are employees – and therefore entitled to workplace rights – or self-employed contractors.

A new review for the Government, conducted by former Tony Blair advisor Matthew Taylor, will call for a “designated contractor” status to be established to oversee the situation in the so-called “gig economy”.

Long-Bailey, who is seen as loyal to the leadership and is highly regarded by Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell, said Uber should reform their practices.

"I don’t like the way that they’re exploiting their workers," she added.

"I don’t want to see companies model their operations on the Uber-model. The recent [court] case… works on the principle that if it looks like a job, it smells like a job then it is a job and the workers should be employed."

Streeting is not known for always being on the same page as Corbyn and his allies, but the Labour MP for Ilford North took a similar stance on Twitter.

He stated: "Business model like Uber's - based on predatory pricing made possible by exploitation of drivers and multinational tax avoidance - is immoral."




Picture by: Peter Byrne/PA Wire/PA Images.


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