UK Supreme Court Rejects Uber’s appeal, has ruled that drivers must be treated as workers rather than self-employed, A decision which means they could be entitled to a minimum wage and holiday pay.
Uber loses UK Supreme court battle on driver’s right. Thousands of uber drivers in the UK are to receive a minimum wage and holiday pay in a landmark ruling.
Uber now faces a huge compensation bill and the ruling could have far-reaching consequences for people working in the gig economy. The court case has been a thorn in the side of uber for years but the ruling is final with no chance to appeal.
The decision marks the end of a five-year legal battle. Uber had argued that 40,000 drivers were self-employed and in effect running their businesses. The court found that they were employees and uber must pay them the benefits workers are entitled to.
The case is likely to have very significant implications for many other workers in the UK.
The court also ruled on Friday that drivers are working from the time they turn on Uber’s app, rather than only when transporting passengers, as the company had argued. The decision could have significant consequences for how the company conducts business and how many drivers it allows on its app.
“We respect the Court’s decision which focused on a small number of drivers who used the Uber app in 2016. Since then we have made some significant changes to our business, guided by drivers every step of the way. These include giving even more control over how they earn and providing new protections like free insurance in case of sickness or injury,” said Jamie Heywood, Uber’s regional general manager for Northern and Eastern Europe.