06 December 2017
Uber denied permission to take fight straight to Supreme Court
A request by taxi app firm Uber to take its appeal over worker's rights to the highest court in England has been denied.
Uber had wanted to take its fight to the Supreme Court rather than the Court of Appeal, "in order that this case can be resolved sooner rather than later", a spokesperson said.
This is the latest set-back in the company's attempts to appeal a decision last year, that agreed two workers should be given employee rights, such as holiday pay, paid breaks and minimum wage.
Drivers James Farrar and Yaseen Aslam won the initial employment tribunal case in 2016, arguing Uber's control over their working conditions means they are considered to be workers and not self-employed.
A ruling at the Employment Appeal Tribunal in November upheld the original judgment, and the company has now been denied go-ahead to bypass the Court of Appeal.
Mr Aslam said of the decisions: "We've already beaten Uber twice and are prepared to do so again in the Court of Appeal."
He also said: "Now that Uber has been denied permission to go straight to the Supreme Court, they should take this opportunity to work with their drivers instead of fighting them at every stage."
A spokesman for Uber says the firm will now take the case to the Court of Appeal.