Uber has lost its appeal at the UK Supreme Court, which ruled that Uber drivers should be classed as workers and not as self-employed.
The ruling could have significant implications on the wider gig economy and its business model, and even on UK employment law. Uber drivers won the right to minimum wage, holiday pay, and protection from discrimination in the ruling.
The company had appealed to the Supreme Court after losing three previous court cases, arguing that its drivers were independent contractors. Uber has 65,000 active drivers operating in the UK.
The Supreme Court’s seven judges unanimously rejected the ride-hailing app’s appeal, and strongly criticised Uber’s driver contracts and the lack of basic rights afforded to its drivers. Read more…