Uber lost its appeal bid to reverse the decision of tribunal to provide workers’ rights to its drivers on November 10. This gave a major blow to the ride-hailing service firm which has struggled to keep its license intact in London.
The ride-hailing service has been banned in several countries including Hungary and Denmark. London transport authorities have already banned it from operating in the city. Moreover, it is facing legal and regulatory issues in many countries worldwide.
Two drivers successfully argued at a British Employment Tribunal to offer them workers’ rights like holiday wages and rest breaks. Though the decision did not apply to 50,000 drivers in UK, but it was implied as the decision that will raise more claims.
The U.S. ride-hailing company outlined that their drivers are self-employed and have the flexibility in their work. It was highlighted that they should get basic entitlements such as health and safety.
“Over the last year we have made a number of changes to our app to give drivers even more control,” said Tom Elvidge, Acting General Manager of Uber in the U.K. “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.”
Uber instantly released a statement saying that the company plans to appeal against the decision by the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) in Central London.
A spokesman of Uber stated that the company had 14 days to apply for appeal and take the case to the Britain’s top judicial body, Supreme Court.