https://www.theguardian.com/technol...ers-sickness-cover-in-return-for-2-a-week-fee Uber to offer UK drivers sickness cover in return for £2-a-week fee Under the new scheme, Uber drivers in 25 British towns and cities who have undertaken more than 500 trips will be eligible for payments of up to £2,000 if they are unable to drive through sickness or injury for two weeks or longer. And why would they bother? Uber was last year hit by an employment tribunal ruling that its drivers were wrongly classified as self-employed and should be classed as “workers”, a status that would grant them rights to sick pay, holiday pay and a guarantee of the national minimum wage. “The notion that Uber in London is a mosaic of 30,0 00 small businesses linked by a common ‘platform’ is to our minds faintly ridiculous,” the judges said. “Drivers do not and cannot negotiate with passengers … They are offered and accept trips strictly on Uber’s terms.” Uber claims its drivers earn on average £15 an hour after the company has taken its 20% commission, but that does not account for drivers’ expenses including car hire, insurance and petrol, which amount to thousands every year. Many Uber drivers claim they are in effect earning less than the national minimum wage, which is currently £7.50 an hour for people aged 25 and over. Sounds familiar? Seriously people. Would you like to buy yourself some basic rights? Don't miss the special. Or better still, how about you get in a draw for a chance to win yourself some pay for your work? Only $500/ticket, for limited time only.