The Supreme Court have come to the decision that Uber drivers are to be classed as workers and not self-employed as Uber had argued. This is a landmark judgment that will have a significant implications for the gig-economy and ends a long running legal case.
The case began in 2016 with just two drivers – James Farrar and Yaseen Aslam. They brought the case before the employment tribunal as they believed that they should be considered workers rather than self-employed.
By changing the status of Uber drivers to “workers” means that they are now entitled to basic rights including paid holiday, rest breaks and the national minimum wage.
The GMB union said it would consult with Uber driver members over a forthcoming compensation claim at the Employment Appeal Tribunal. Tens of thousands of Uber drivers could now be entitled to an average of £12,000 each in compensation.
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