I cannot understand the merits of this case
Please correct me if any of the following are wrong.
(1) Uber drivers are solely responsible for ensuring they have a car. So they have the fixed costs of buying or leasing a vehicle, as well as paying for insurance, VED, maintenance/repairs, etc, plus the variable costs of petrol, congestion charge/tools etc.
(2) Uber drivers can choose when to work, and for how long.
(3) Drivers are rated 1 - 5 stars by customers, but drivers can also rate customers - implying that they are free not to accept a fare if, for example, a prospective customer has received poor ratings.
If the above are in fact correct, then it seems absolutely clear that the drivers must be self-employed, and must accept both the benefits and the risks that come with that.
In particular, how can (1) and (2), taken together, be consistent with the idea of a minimum wage. If a driver, in a particular month, has fixed costs in relation to their vehicle of, say, £300, and they only choose to work for 2 hours, should Uber pay them £314 just to ensure that their 'wages', aka profit, for the month corresponds to £7/hour for the hours worked. Why would this be fair when compared to the case of the driver who works 234 hours?