10 November 2017
A judge has ruled that Uber drivers are not self-employed
The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has rejected the appeal from ride-hailing firm Uber.
The ruling affirms an earlier tribunal decision that its drivers should be afforded employment rights.
The GMB union, which has brought about the legal action, says the judgment is vindication of their assertion that Uber drivers work for the taxi-app company, and are not self-employed.
Maria Ludkin, GMB's legal director, says: "This landmark decision is yet more vindication for GMB's campaign to ensure drivers are given the rights they are entitled to - and that the public, drivers and passengers are kept safe.
"GMB is delighted the EAT made the correct decision to uphold the original employment tribunal ruling. Uber must now face up to its responsibilities and give its workers the rights to which they are entitled."
Uber UK's acting general manager, Tom Elvidge, says the company intends to challenge the ruling, saying its drivers have the freedom to choose if, when and where they drive.
"The tribunal relies on the assertion that drivers are required to take 80% of trips sent to them when logged into the app," says Mr Elvidge. "As drivers who use Uber know, this has never been the case in the UK."
However, the union says the fight is a "lost cause" for Uber, and is urging the company "not to waste everyone's time and money" by progressing the case to the Supreme Court.