The company was appealed against a previous decision by an Employment Tribunal that its drivers were entitled to basic employment rights.
The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) rejected Uberâ€™s argument that it is merely an â€˜agentâ€™ that connects drivers and passengers, and confirmed the Employment Tribunalâ€™s decision that the true nature of the relationship is Uber drivers work actually for Uber. Uber says it will again appeal against the decision to the Court Of Appeal and possibly to the Supreme Court.
“This landmark decision is yet more vindication for GMBâ€™s campaign to ensure drivers are given the rights they are entitled to – and that the public, drivers and passengers are kept safe,” said Maria Ludkin, GMB’s legal director. “GMB is delighted the EAT made the correct decision to uphold the original employment tribunal ruling. Uber must now face up to its responsibilities and give its workers the rights to which they are entitled.
“GMB urges the company not to waste everyoneâ€™s time and money dragging their lost cause to the Supreme Court.”
The ride-hailing app based company is also currently appealing a decision by Transport For London stop the company from doing business in the capital.
In September TfL said it would not renew Uberâ€™s licence to operate in London.
Tfl have said that â€œUber London Limited is not fit and proper to hold a private hire operator licence.”
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