Zetland FM Local News - 29th October 2016
A round up of Local News in Redcar and Cleveland for Saturday 29th October 2016.
Tom Blenkinsop, MP for Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland, has welcomed the ruling which yesterday found Uber drivers are entitled to holiday pay and the national minimum wage, despite previously being classed as self-employed.
The case, brought by two Uber driver and the GMB union, and which was endorsed by the tribunal yesterday, argued that Uber driver should be treated as workers rather than self-employed contractors. Their new status means that approximately 40,000 Uber drivers across the UK are entitled to holiday pay, paid rest breaks, and the national minimum wage.
Tom Blenkinsop welcomed the ruling, saying it is a victory for workers' rights.
He said that full credit should go to the two drivers and the GMB for standing up to Uber.
Tom said that the message to employers should be clear – exploiting your workers and neglecting your responsibilities is unacceptable.
Uber are expected to appeal the decision.
86 uninsured vehicles were taken off Cleveland and Durham’s roads during a week of action targeting those flouting insurance laws.
The national operation, ran by the Motor Insurers’ Bureau and the National Roads Policing Intelligence Forum, took place between Monday 17th and Sunday 23rd October.
Those drivers found without insurance face six penalty points on their licence and a minimum fixed penalty of £300 each.
Nationally, the MIB estimates that 1 in 38 vehicles on the UK’s roads are being driven uninsured.
Every week in the UK around 3000 uninsured vehicles are seized under police powers to tackle the issue.
The dark nights have drawn in and officers are reminding people to ensure that their homes are bright at night to help prevent potential burglaries.
People across our area are being encouraged to use timer switches or to leave lights on when they’re not at home.
Figures show that during October 2015 and March 2016, when the darker nights set in, there were 1270 dwelling burglaries across Cleveland.
Police say it is really important that people ensure that their homes are well lit when it’s dark outside as it helps to deter potential burglars from trying to gain access to homes.
Simple steps such as leaving on a light when you go out can be enough to prevent your home from being targeted.