Uber does not yet carry out judge’s verdict: drivers remain self-employed

Uber is not yet hiring its 4,000 Dutch drivers. In doing so, the taxi app ignores a decision by the Amsterdam court, which earlier this week obliged Uber to treat its drivers immediately as prescribed by the taxi collective agreement.

In a case brought by the trade union FNV, the court in Amsterdam ruled that Uber may no longer regard its taxi drivers as independent entrepreneurs (zzp’ers). The verdict was, as it is called, ‘provisionally enforceable’, so immediately effective.

Before Uber can do this, according to a spokesperson, it must first do “a lot of work to understand the ruling and its impact.” In addition, Uber says it will “re-engage with drivers before new steps are taken.”

The fact that the judgment is provisionally enforceable does not mean that it is also enforceable, says Maurits Schönfeld, manager of Uber Netherlands. “It is very complex. We are still trying to figure out what all this means.”

Read more about the ruling: Judge rules that Uber drivers are employees

Costs skyrocket

The judge ruled Monday that the employment relationship between the drivers and Uber is such that the company should be seen as an employer – and thus the drivers not as independent ‘subcontractors’, but as employees. After all, the company determines, among other things, what the taxi ride costs, what clothing the drivers must wear and offers the facilities that shape their work, such as the Uber app.

Hiring thousands of drivers means the costs for Uber skyrocket. In addition, some of the drivers are not interested in employment at all. There are many disappointed reactions from drivers on chat service Telegram, who are afraid that they will suffer financially due to the judge’s ruling. An employment contract also automatically means that the drivers no longer have the freedom to work when they want.

Some of the drivers are not waiting for employment at all

Uber emailed drivers Wednesday afternoon that they were “disappointed” with the judge’s decision “because we know the overwhelming majority of drivers want to remain independent.” The company prefers to conclude an agreement with the government itself to make their work ‘future-proof’.

A meeting between Uber management and drivers is scheduled for next Tuesday.


The FNV took action in The Hague this Thursday, in protest against Uber. The court did not impose a penalty payment on the company if it did not comply with the ruling. According to FNV director Zakaria Boufangacha, Uber is now doing “what it always does,” he says. “Time wasting, training, sowing confusion and, above all, not following the rules. Companies that work in the Netherlands and earn their money must also adhere to the Dutch rules.”

Uber does not yet carry out judge’s verdict: drivers remain self-employed
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