Judges ruled in GMB’s favour – determining that Uber drivers are not self-employed, but are workers entitled to workersâ rights including holiday pay, a guaranteed minimum wage and an entitlement to breaks.
After four court wins in four years, the GMB will now consult with Uber driver members over their forthcoming compensation claim
âThis has been a gruelling four-year legal battle for our members â but itâs ended in a historic win.Â Uber must now stop wasting time and money pursuing lost legal causes and do whatâs right by the drivers who prop up its empire” said Mick Rix GMB National Officer.
Lawyers Leigh Day, fighting the case on behalf of GMB, say tens of thousands of Uber drivers could be entitled to an average of ÂŁ12,000 each in compensation.
Todayâs ruling is the fourth time Uber has lost in court over its treatment of drivers.
Uber engaged an army of lawyers to try to defeat the GMB but the decision by the Supreme Court is the end of the road for Uberâs mistreatment of drivers.
The TUCÂ welcomed Supreme Court ruling against Uber on the employment status of its drivers.
TUC General Secretary Frances OâGrady said:Â âNo company is above the law. Uber must play by the rules and stop denying its drivers basic rights at work.Â
âThis ruling is an important win for gig economy workers and for common decency. Sham self-employment exploits people and lets companies dodge paying their fair share of tax.Â
âUnions will continue to expose nasty schemes that try and cheat workers out of the minimum wage and holiday pay.Â
âBut we also need the government to step up to the plate. Ministers must use the much-delayed employment bill to reform the law around worker status.Â
âEveryone should qualify for employment rights unless an employer can prove they are genuinely self-employed.âÂ