Uber to appeal after losing challenge to ruling on drivers' employment rights

Uber to appeal after losing challenge to ruling on drivers' employment rights

Uber to appeal after losing challenge to ruling on drivers' employment rights

Taxi firm Uber has lost an appeal against a ruling that its drivers should be classed as workers rather than self-employed. It frames itself as a technology platform, connecting riders and drivers and taking a fee in the process.

The 25 drivers' claims brought by the GMB trade union, who were represented by law firm Leigh Day, were heard in the London Central Employment Tribunal in July 2016.

"GMB is delighted the EAT made the correct decision to uphold the original employment tribunal ruling". Denmark banned it, Bulgaria's Supreme Court ruled against it, and Hungary said the service was illegal - just to name a few.

But Uber challenged the ruling at the Employment Appeal Tribunal in London, saying it could deprive drivers of the "personal flexibility they value".

"The [ruling] relies on the assertion that drivers are required to take 80 percent of trips sent to them when logged into the app. This is clearly not the case with people who drive through Uber - they choose when and how long they work for by logging on or off the app", said Chris Bryce, chief executive of the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed.

"Over the past year we have made a number of changes to our app to give drivers even more control".

Uber then appealed against the shock move last month, which allowed its drivers to continue operating in the capital.

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"The growing number of employment tribunals linked to the gig economy shows there is a fundamental lack of clarity over what it means to work on your own behalf". "It's going to cost them", he said.

But Uber drivers shouldn't get too excited about the prospect of receiving standard worker benefits just yet.

Jenning said it's conceivable that some Uber drivers could end up being workers and some could end up being self-employed.

While appeals from the EAT are normally heard in the Court of Appeal, there is a procedure in place for cases of particular legal significance to be "fast-tracked" to the Supreme Court.

"The whole thing is complicated with drivers using a multitude of apps", he said.

"The cloud of uncertainty looming over the gig economy has undoubtedly made new businesses in the United Kingdom cautious about building a business model around a self-employed ad-hoc workforce, which may be further stagnating growth and therefore damaging the United Kingdom economy". I suffered a lot, so have so many other drivers.

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