Two drivers have won a landmark tribunal case against Uber over workers’ rights.
The drivers claimed that the private hire firm acted unlawfully by denying them sick pay, a guaranteed minimum wage, holiday pay and breaks.
The London Central Employment Tribunal ruled in their favour, a decision which could affect thousands of other people who work for companies with similar business models.
Nigel Mackay, who represented the drivers, described the ruling as “a groundbreaking decision”.
Uber said it would appeal the judgement.
The tribunal centred on whether drivers with Uber are employees.
Uber insists its 40,000 drivers are “partners” and self-employed, meaning they are not entitled to holiday pay and other benefits.
But drivers argue they are actual employees of the organisation, rather than independent operators running their own businesses.
Mr Mackay claimed Uber drivers work very long hours “just to earn enough to cover their basic living costs”.
He said: “(The ruling) will impact not just on the thousands of Uber drivers working in this country, but on all workers in the so-called gig economy whose employers wrongly classify them as self-employed and deny them the rights to which they are entitled.”.. see more