Britain's Employment Appeal Tribunal Friday Nov. 10, 2017 ruled that drivers of the ride-hailing service Uber are entitled to basic protections such as a guaranteed minimum wage and paid time off. Judge Jennifer Eady dismissed an appeal Friday from the company in a closely watched decision that is expected to have broad implications for the so-called gig economy.
Uber has announced that it will fight against a ruling given in favour of two drivers fighting for the minimum wage, sick pay and paid leave.
In another blow to Uber, the London employment tribunal has rejected its appeal against a ruling that its drivers in Britain should be classed as workers rather than as self-employed.
Uber previously said that providing all the United Kingdom drivers on its platform with workers' rights would cost it "tens of millions of pounds".
"Over the past year we have made a number of changes to our app to give drivers even more control". Uber will likely face a higher tax bill because it will have to pay for its driver's insurance.
Tom Elvidge, Uber UK's acting general manager, told the BBC: "Almost all taxi and private hire drivers have been self-employed for decades, long before our app existed".
"I have been campaigning against Uber since 2014 and, although I always knew I was on the right side, it has always been a struggle that has brought enormous pressure on us", Aslam said.
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On Friday it confirmed it would appeal against the latest decision.
"GMB is delighted the EAT made the correct decision to uphold the original employment tribunal ruling".
He said Uber drivers value the "freedom to choose if, when and where they drive". "As drivers who use Uber know, this has never been the case in the United Kingdom", he said.
The GMB, a general trade union in the United Kingdom with more than 600,000 members, called the ruling a "monumental victory". Deliveroo, a food delivery service in the United Kingdom, is facing similar workers' rights pressure.
"Over the a year ago we have made a number of changes to our app to give drivers even more control", said Uber UK's Acting General Manager Tom Elvidge in a statement.
Uber, which is valued at around $70 billion with backers including Goldman Sachs and BlackRock, will be back in court on December 11 to appeal a decision by London's transport regulator to strip the app of its license. "We have done everything we can, now it is time for the mayor of London, Transport for London and the Transport Secretary to step up and use their leverage to defend worker rights rather than turn a blind eye to sweatshop conditions".