By Calvin Chan, associated Press
LONDON (AP) – Uber drivers in Britain should be classified as “workers” and not self-employed, Britain’s Supreme Court ruled on Friday, with threats to its business model and so-called gigs sweeping the economy There are implications.
The ruling empowers Uber drivers to defeat the ride-hailing giant in the culmination of a long-running legal battle for benefits such as holidays and minimum wages.
Seven Supreme Court judges unanimously rejected Uber’s appeal against a lower court ruling that found two Uber drivers were “workers” under British law.
George George Leggt said, “The Employment Tribunal was right to find that Uber drivers are workers who qualify for workers’ rights by employment law.”
Among their reasons, the judges cited Uber’s driver rating and its practice of keeping communications between drivers and passengers to a minimum, resulting in the service being “very defined and controlled by Uber”.
“Drivers are in a state of subordination and dependence to Uber,” the court said, with little ability to improve their economic condition. They are only “working long hours,” fulfilling Uber’s performance measures, only to increase their earnings.
Uber, which has 65,000 active drivers in the UK, argued that the two drivers who brought the case were independent contractors.
The company said it respected the court’s decision, in which it focused on the low number of drivers using the Uber app in 2016.
“Since then we have made some significant changes to our business,” said Jamie Heywood, Uber’s regional general manager for Northern and Eastern Europe, in a statement. These include greater control over earning and providing new income, such as free insurance on illness or injury. Giving is included. “
Shares in Uber were down over 3% in pre-trade New York.
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