Uber has lost its battle in the Supreme Court over drivers’ rights in a decision that will have enormous implications those in the gig economy.
The UK’s highest court ruled against the taxi app firm, concluding drivers should be classed as ‘workers’ and not independent third-party contractors. This means they are entitled by law to basic employment protections which include minimum wage and holiday pay.
This decision now opens the door for drivers to claim compensation running into thousands of pounds. The scale of what could come is highlighted by the fact that there are over 60,000 Uber drivers in the UK today.
Uber’s case was dismissed unanimously by seven justices. Yaseen Aslam, co-lead claimant and App Drivers & Couriers Union president said: “I am overjoyed and greatly relieved by this decision which will bring relief to so many workers in the gig economy who so desperately need it.”
Mick Rix, GMB national officer, said: “This has been a gruelling four-year legal battle for our members – but it’s ended in a historic win.
“The Supreme Court has upheld the decision of three previous courts, backing up what GMB has said all along; Uber drivers are workers and entitled to breaks, holiday pay and minimum wage.
“Uber must now stop wasting time and money pursuing lost legal causes and do what’s right by the drivers who prop up its empire.”
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