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Uber loses landmark court appeal on worker rights

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Uber has lost its second appeal by the Court of Appeal against a ruling that its drivers should be treated as workers rather than self-employed.

Last year, a tribunal had ruled that James Farrar and Yaseen Aslam were Uber staff and entitled to holiday pay, paid rest breaks and the minimum wage.

Uber had appealed, arguing its drivers were self employed and were under no obligation to use its booking app.

The court upheld the previous decisions by the Employment Tribunal and Employment Appeal Tribunal, which ruled that Uber had unlawfully classified Uber drivers as independent contractors rather than workers, denying them basic rights such as a guaranteed minimum wage and holiday pay.

Uber spokesperson says that it will now take the case to the Supreme Court.

“Almost all taxi and private hire drivers have been self-employed for decades, long before our app existed. Drivers who use the Uber app make more than the London Living Wage and want to keep the freedom to choose if, when and where they drive. If drivers were classified as workers they would inevitably lose some of the freedom and flexibility that comes with being their own boss.

“Over the last two years we’ve made many changes to give drivers even more control over how they use the app, alongside more security through sickness, maternity and paternity protections. We’ll keep listening to drivers and introduce further improvements,” it st
ated.




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