UK Supreme Court Rules that Uber Drivers are Workers

The UK Supreme Court has ruled that Uber drivers are workers instead of self-employed, which means that drivers are entitled to minimum wage and other benefits. 

App Drivers & Couriers Union (ADCU) president Yaseen Aslam said, “I think it’s a massive achievement in a way that we were able to stand up against a giant,” he told the BBC.

“We didn’t give up and we were consistent – no matter what we went through emotionally or physically or financially, we stood our ground,” he added. 

The supreme court decision comes after the ride-hailing app giant appealed for the last time, losing the case at the employment tribunal in 2016.

Lord Leggatt said while reading the judgment, “Drivers are in a position of subordination and dependency in relation to Uber such that they have little or no ability to improve their economic position through professional or entrepreneurial skill.”

He adds that the only way to increase drivers’ earnings is to work longer hours and that drivers should be treated as workers from the time they log in until log out from the app.

Uber Regional General Manager for Northern and Eastern Europe Jaime Heywood said, “We respect the Court’s decision which focussed on a small number of drivers who used the Uber app in 2016.”

Heywood also said that they are committed to “doing more” while consulting with its UK drivers for desired changes.

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