UBER is seeking permission to appeal to the Supreme Court after an employment tribunal said its drivers are entitled to basic employment rights.
In a landmark case the London tribunal found that the transnational minicab firm’s workers were entitled to earn the legal minimum wage, receive holiday pay and take regular breaks.
Uber had argued that its drivers were self-employed and it only maintained a service that lets users book minicabs from their phones. Last month, it appealed to the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) but lost.
GMB union legal director Maria Ludkin, whose union took the original tribunal case, said: “GMB is confident that the original judgement will be upheld by what is effectively the highest legal authority in Britain.”
The Independent Workers Union of Great Britain, which represented drivers James Farrar and Yaseen Aslam at the EAT, said it was “more than ready to beat [Uber] again.”