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United States: Seattle gives Uber drivers right to form trade unions
SEATTLE has became the first US city to allow drivers of ride-hailing companies such as Uber and Lyft to unionise over pay and working conditions.
Supporters cheered after the Washington state city’s council voted 8-0 in favour of the legislation, which is seen as a test, on Monday.
Cab companies oppose it and council members acknowledged that there would be legal challenges ahead, while insisting that it was worth doing.
The measure requires companies that hire or contract with drivers of taxis, for-hire transport companies and app-based ride-hailing services to bargain with their drivers if a majority wants it.
Drivers would be represented by non-profit organisations.
Many drivers in Seattle make less than the minimum wage and lack basic workers’ rights such as sick leave and protection from victimisation.