(File pix) An image showing an Uber app in Central London, Britain, Sept 22 2017. Uber said on Oct 10, 2017 that treating its British drivers as workers, entitling them to rights such as the minimum wage and holiday pay, would add tens of millions of pounds to the taxi app’s costs. (EPA)

LONDON: Uber said on Tuesday that treating its British drivers as workers, entitling them to rights such as the minimum wage and holiday pay, would add tens of millions of pounds to the taxi app’s costs.

Uber currently classifies its around 50,000 drivers in Britain as self-employed, affording them only basic entitlements. “I don’t have the precise figures ... but I’m certain it would be the tens of millions certainly,” the firm’s UK Head of Policy Andrew Byrne told parliament’s business committee. - REUTERS

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