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The lesson of the Uber verdict

Can the firm keep its prices below market average while giving its workers a fair deal?

By Clive Lewis  

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Scandals such as that seen at Sports Direct have made it popular to lament a return of “Victorian employment practices” in modern Britain.

One commonly cited example received a blow last week, when an employment tribunal ruled that drivers for app-based minicab company Uber could not be classed as self-employed. The case was brought by the GMB union, which argued that categorising drivers in this way served to deny…

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