Uber Loses UK Appeal Bid To Overturn Workers' Rights Decision

Uber to hear ruling on appeal over employment rights

Uber to hear ruling on appeal over employment rights

"Uber can not go on flouting United Kingdom law with impunity and depriving people of their minimum wage rights", said James Farrar, who with Yaseen Aslam brought the case against Uber.

The U.S. ride-hailing service has faced regulatory and legal setbacks around the world amid opposition from traditional taxi services and concern among some regulators.

Uber said it will appeal the ruling.

Uber refuted those claims, "The tribunal relies on the assertion that drivers are required to take 80 percent of trips sent to them when logged into the app".

Although Uber claims that 80 percent of the workforce would rather be self-employed, a tribunal ruled previous year that two drivers - James Farrar and Yaseen Aslam were Uber staff.

Though the company argued that the case applies to only two drivers, Uber has tens of thousands of drivers in the United Kingdom who could argue they deserve the same status as the former drivers covered by Friday's decision.

Uber attempted to overturn the decision at the Employment Appeal Tribunal in London, arguing that the ruling could deprive drivers of the "personal flexibility they value".

Drivers can use their own cars although they can rent a auto to drive with Uber.

Regulator Transport for London has threatened to cancel Uber's license in the British capital over its dissatisfaction with the company's background checks on drivers and the way it shares information with authorities about criminal offenses.

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".

The GMB union, which represents some of the drivers, said Friday's verdict was a "landmark victory" for workers' rights. The decision reflects a general trend for the courts to step in situations in which "the individuals involved are in a position of substantial inequality and in that case merit protection", said employment attorney Susannah Kintish of Mishcon de Reya, which is not involved in the Uber case.

A separate appeal on the revoking buy TfL of Uber's licence to operate in London is due to be heard on 11 December. Uber is also appealing that decision. "Our clients have fought tirelessly to gain the rights that they clearly should have been afforded from the outset".

London, Nov 10 American taxi-hailing company Uber today lost an appeal against a ruling that its drivers should be given all employment rights like holiday pay, paid rest breaks and minimum wage.

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