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Uber gives in, grants some benefits to British drivers

After facing criticism and legal challenges over how it treats its drivers, Uber will extend a benefits package to workers in the UK.


Uber will begin offering a health plan to drivers in the UK who have made at least 500 trips.


Uber has caught flak in the past few years for its treatment of drivers, due in part to its labeling of them as "self-employed" rather than "employees." But now, the modern taxi company is extending a benefits package to its drivers in the UK, according to a Reuters report Thursday.

Uber will begin offering a health plan to drivers who have made at least 500 trips. All the drivers have to contribute, according to the report, is £2 (about $2.60) per week. This will cover sickness, injury and jury leave.

The company didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

The plan Uber is joining is run by the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed. The decision comes after a British tribunal ruled late last year against Uber for failing to provide some basic benefits.

Whether this new plan will affect Uber's appeal of the ruling remains to be seen.