A Dutch court ruled on Monday that Uber drivers are not independent contractors or temporary contract holders but employees of Uber, so they should have greater rights similar to those of other company workers under local labor laws, dealing a blow to the US company’s business model in Europe, the decision is seen as a new victory in court for labor unions that have fought for better wages and benefits for workers in the microservices economy, knowing that a similar ruling was passed by the British court earlier this year regarding Uber.
The district court of Amsterdam sided with the Dutch trade union confederation, which argued that the capital’s 4,000 Uber drivers were employees of a taxi company and should be given similar benefits to corporate workers within the taxi sector.
For its part, the court found that drivers who transport passengers through the Uber app are covered by the collective labor agreement for taxi transport, while Uber stated that it would appeal the decision and that it “has no plans to hire drivers in the Netherlands.”
The judges also imposed a fine on Uber of 50,000 euros ($58.94 thousand) for failing to implement the terms of the labor agreement for taxi drivers, and it is worth noting that Uber said last March that it would improve the rights of its workers, including the minimum wage, and this will involve more than 70,000 British drivers after it lost a High Court case in February. Read more [UK Supreme Court Decides To Consider Uber Drivers As Employees Rather Than Independent Contractors].