Uber drivers are entitled to the rights guaranteed to workers, including the minimum wage and annual leave, the British Supreme Court ruled on Friday, rejecting the appeal of the digital company for transport services.
Uber drivers currently have the status of self-employed in Britain, which means that by law they have the right to only minimal protection, and Uber has tried to maintain such a situation through continuous court proceedings.
In a collective lawsuit filed by 25 drivers, a court in London ruled in 2016 that they were entitled to rights such as paid annual leave and breaks during working hours. Uber appealed the verdict, and the Supreme Court rejected his appeal on Friday.
“The Supreme Court unanimously rejects Uber’s appeal. The law is intended to provide some protection to vulnerable individuals who have limited or no voting rights when it comes to their salaries and working conditions, “Judge George Leggatt said Friday.
Uber, however, claims that the court’s decision on workers’ rights does not apply to all 60,000 of their drivers in Britain, including 45,000 in London.
“We respect the court’s decision that focused on the small number of drivers-users of the Uber app in 2016,” said Jamie Heywood, head of Uber’s Northern and Eastern Europe division.
“We are ready to take the next step as well and will consult with all active drivers across the UK to understand the changes they want,” Heywood added.
Leigh Day law firm says eligible drivers could be entitled to an average compensation of £ 12,000.
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