Founder & General Secretary

Yaseen Aslam

Yaseen was made redundant from his IT job in 2006 and turned to the mini-cab industry for work while looking for a new job, he found the flexibility and earning potential very satisfactory at the time.

Eventually, he bought his own vehicle and became a full time private hire driver, working for many different operators ranging from small operations to Executive/Chauffeuring, and as a driver for a company-owned vehicle. He joined Uber when they first launched the UberX platform in London in 2013.

While working for Uber, he became concerned about the safety and treatment of Uber drivers particularly the lack of protection for drivers who were assaulted by passengers while driving, the frequent and unfair deactivation of drivers, and the failure to adequately protect driver privacy. The main focus at the time was respect for drivers, he began organising through social media and the group formed its first driver association in 2014. In 2015, he and James Farrar were the lead claimants in the landmark case against Uber for workers’ rights, and they formed UPHD for Private Hire Drivers with members all over UK, and organised the first massive UK wide strike (#UStrike) against Uber in 2018.

This year, he was the initiator of an international organisation for app workers, called the International Alliance of App-Based Transport Workers (IAATW), where drivers from over 23 countries attended in Oxford for the first ever convening of app based transport workers.