Uber loses appeal over drivers rights


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

The company was appealing an employment tribunal ruling that Uber drivers are entitled to basic workers' rights.

The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) rejected Uber’s argument that it is merely an agent that connects drivers and passengers, and confirmed the Employment Tribunal’s decision that the true nature of the relationship is that Uber drivers work for Uber, according to lawyers for GMB, which brought the action.

"This landmark decision is yet more vindication for GMB’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 everyone’s time and money dragging their lost cause to the Supreme Court."

Uber UK's acting general manager, Tom Elvidge, said: “Almost all taxi and private hire drivers have been self-employed for decades, long before our app existed. 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.

"The tribunal relies on the assertion that drivers are required to take 80 per cent of trips sent to them when logged into the app. As drivers who use Uber know, this has never been the case in the UK.

"Over the last year we have made a number of changes to our app to give drivers even more control. We’ve also invested in things like access to illness and injury cover and we’ll keep introducing changes to make driving with Uber even better."

Mobileye And NavInfo To Bring REM Localization To China
Innoviz Technologies Announce Launch Of InnovizPro
Bosch And Daimler Demonstrate Driverless Parking In Real-life Conditions
"China Phenomenon": Chinese Manufacturers Turn Heads At CES 2018
Infineon To Join Baidu's Autonomous Car Program
Xpeng Motors To Usher In A New Era Of Autonomous Driving Experience
Car2go Grows Significantly And Strengthens Its Market Leadership
Using Simulation To Test Driverless Vehicles: Apply For Funding
Visteon Introduces Autonomous Driving Platform For Self-Driving Technology
BlackBerry Launches Game Changing Cybersecurity Product: BlackBerry Jarvis
Nissan Showcases Electric Ecosystem Designed To Deliver The Future Of Driving Today
Faurecia Designs Complete Cockpit For New Brand Byton
DENSO, Toshiba Digital Solutions, And Toshiba Information Systems To Enhance Development Of Embedded Software For In-vehicle Products
Highways England’s Intelligent Network Of The Future
NAVYA Partners With Via To Introduce App Enabling Safe And Secure Autonomous Rides
Ricardo Supports Trial To Unlock Grid Capacity For Electric Vehicles
May Mobility To Use Cepton LiDAR For Autonomous Fleet
Mobileye ADAS Partnerships Propel The Drive Toward Full Autonomy
Panasonic Develops Scalable EPowertrain Platform For Small EVs
Automotive Grade Linux Hits The Road With Toyota
Volvo Will Bring Autonomous Electric Buses To Singapore
Was The Nissan Leaf The Most Favoured Electric Car Of 2017?
Continental Automates Charging Of Electric Vehicles And Makes Them A Mobile Power Bank At CES 2018
ZF Develops Advanced Steering Wheel Concept For Automated And HMI Solutions

Your First Name
Your Email Address
Next »Close
Search the news archive

To close this popup you can press escape or click the close icon.
Register - Step 1

You may choose to subscribe to the TaaS Magazine, the TaaS Newsletter, or both. You may also request additional information if required, before submitting your application.

Please subscribe me to:


You chose the industry type of "Other"

Please enter the industry that you work in:
Please enter the industry that you work in: