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Uber loses court appeal against drivers' rights

From BBC - November 10, 2017

Taxi firm Uber has lost an appeal against a ruling that its drivers should be treated as workers rather than self-employed.

Last year a tribunal ruled drivers James Farrar and Yaseen Aslam were Uber staff and entitled to holiday pay, paid rest breaks and the minimum wage.

Uber appealed, arguing its drivers were self employed and were under no obligation to use its booking app.

Uber said it would appeal against this latest ruling, too.

Any judgment applies to all the estimated 50,000 people across the UK who drive for Uber. Uber claims 80% of its drivers would rather be classed as self employed.

Uber has up to 40,000 drivers registered to it in London alone, where the company is fighting to retain its licence to continue operating.

Uber said there were two further possible stages in the appeal process - the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court.

The Employment Tribunal upheld its original decision that any Uber driver who had the Uber app switched on was working for the company under a "worker" contract.

It said they were therefore entitled to workers' rights.

It has faced regulatory and legal setbacks in a host of cities around the world.

'Huge relief'

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