Uber has lost the challenge of a long-standing employment tribunal in the UK Supreme Court – the court rejected the ride-hailing giant’s appeal and reaffirmed earlier regimes saying that the drivers who brought the case Not independent contractors but workers.
The case, which dates to 2016, has major implications for Uber’s business model in the UK – and possibly regionally, as challenges are also underway in European courts.
EU legalists are also actively eyeing conditions for gig workers, so policymakers were already facing pressure to clarify the law surrounding gig work – today’s ruling only. This much increases.
The decision of the UK Supreme Court can be found here.
We reached out to Uber for comment.
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In recent times – and in anticipation of this decision – Uber called for an lobbying effort in Europe to halt the work of the platform.
Uber argues that platform hands are tied to employment laws without carving out how far they can go to give workers a better deal.
It says that it is pushing for some of the same ‘principles’ as reflected in the Prop 22 Ballot initiative, which rides the Uyear and Lyft, costing millions of dollars in California, Helps with delivery and transportation operations. From the employment recapture there last year.
However, reacting to Uber’s European Union white paper this week, the academic research group, Fairwork, accused it of undermining its ability to make changes to improve its platform working conditions.
Instead, it was said that the tech giant is trying Platforms accord a lower level of legitimacy to workers than most European workers – urging lawmakers to focus on increasing and strengthening employment protection, not watering them.