News 19 February 2021
Author: Courtney W

Uber Loses Supreme Court Battle Over Driver’s Rights In Landmark Ruling

19 February 2021

Uber must class drivers as workers and not self-employed, a Supreme Court has ruled in a landmark employment tribunal.

The ruling from the UK’s top court means Uber must now pay its drivers at least minimum wage and grant them holiday pay.

It comes after a lengthy legal battle, where Uber had appealed three times to the Supreme Court’s decision to entitle drivers basic employment rights.

The ruling leaves Uber potentially facing a massive compensation bill running into the thousands for drivers.

Former Uber drivers James Farrar and Yaseen Aslam, who initially won an employment tribunal against Uber in 2016, said they are “thrilled and relieved” by the Supreme Court’s latest ruling.

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

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

In it’s judgement, the Supremer Court considered many elements such as the fact Uber set the fare which dictates how much drivers earn, and they can penalise drivers who reject too many rides.

The Court deemed drivers as subordinates to Uber who could only increase how much they earn by working longer hours.

Lawyers have said the ruling could lead to changes from companies such as Deliveroo and Addison Lee who use similar business models to Uber.