Uber finally recognizes UK driver union in historic agreement

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Uber has finally recognized a union of its own drivers. Allow yourself that single moment of elation before we get to the rest of the details.

GMB trade union in the UK (it’s not really an acronym for anything, as it was shortened from General, Municipal, Boilermakers’ and Allied Trade Union some 40 years ago) managed to clinch union recognition from the jaws of the famously labor-hostile app company today. As The Guardian reported, “GMB will have access to drivers’ meeting hubs […] It will also be able to represent drivers if they lose access to the Uber app, and it will meet quarterly with management to discuss driver issues and concerns.”

It’s not clear whether this arrangement hews closer to traditional union representation as we…

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