London judge agrees Uber must offer benefits to drivers

Uber to hear ruling on appeal over employment rights

The company will hear the result of the appeal lodged after two drivers won a landmark ruling

The EAT rejected Uber's argument that it is merely an agent that connects drivers and passengers, and confirmed the Employment Tribunal's decision. The main reason why drivers use Uber is because they value the freedom to choose if, when and where they drive and so we intend to appeal.

Farrar, himself a union representative for Uber drivers, argued that, after commission and operating costs, drivers were earning only £5.68 ($7.46) per hour, 15 percent below the United Kingdom minimum wage.

In its decision in Uber BV and others v Aslam and others, the EAT has now endorsed the original employment tribunal decision that, in practice, Uber's drivers bear the hallmarks of being workers. The company this year has faced a wave of challenges for its brash business style and aggressive expansion, including allegations it does not properly vet its drivers and that it uses software to deceive authorities in areas where Uber's introduction was resisted.

Mr Farrar, 49, told the Press Association: "We can't give up because the case law is so important now that if we give up and give this victory to Uber, then the battle will be so much harder for everybody else that comes after us - not just Uber drivers, but people right across the economy". Tom Elvidge, Uber's acting chief of British operations, said Uber would again appeal the decision, potentially bringing the case to either the Court of Appeal or the British Supreme Court, according to the Times.

"It is the latest in a series of employment tribunal cases examining the status of workers, as seen with Deliveroo, CitySprint and Pimlico Plumbers".

Heuvel added that the ruling will impact not only Uber and others in the transport sector, but a whole number of other industries and businesses which use self-employed workers.

In a statement, Uber said it plans to appeal the ruling.

TUC general secretary Frances O'Grady said: "Uber should throw in the towel and accept today's judgment".

Uber has failed to overturn a landmark legal judgement over drivers' working rights, in a fresh setback for the company in the UK.

The Independent Workers' Union of Great Britain (IWGB), which represented the two drivers, said the decision showed firms were depriving employees of their rights.

'This ruling should put gig economy employers on notice. Unions will expose nasty schemes that try and cheat workers out of the minimum wage and holiday pay.

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