Uber Requests Permission to Appeal Directly to the Supreme Court Regarding Drivers’ Rights Row

    Today, Uber said that it had requested permission to appeal directly to the Supreme Court regarding its workers’ rights dispute, after losing an appeal earlier in November against a tribunal ruling that it must provide rights to its drivers including paid rest breaks and holiday pay.

    The ride-hailing app went to the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) to challenge a ruling that was made earlier by the Employment Tribunal which stated thatUber drivers are entitled to rights of basic workers.

    The EAT rejected the argument of Uber that the company is merely an agent that connects passengers and drivers, and confirmed the decision of the Employment Tribunal.

    Today, an Uber spokesperson stated: “We have this afternoon requested permission to appeal directly to the Supreme Court in order that this case can be resolved sooner rather than later.

    “When the ruling earlier this month reaffirmed that made by the tribunal , Uber UK’s acting general manager Tom Elvidge said: “Almost all taxi and private hire drivers have been self-employed for decades, long before our app existed. The main reason why drivers use Uber is because they value the freedom to choose if, when and where they drive and so we intend to appeal.”

    However, the GMB union described the ruling as a “landmark victory” for the rights of workers.

    The ride-hailing app, which has around 50,000 drivers using its app in the United Kingdom, is also involved in a row over the decision of Transport for London (TfL) not to renew its London licence after the TfL declared that Uber was “not fit and proper” to possess a licence.

    Earlier this month, Mike Brown, the TfL commissioner, said that he was planning fresh discussion with Dara Khosrowshahi, Uber’s chief executive, regarding the matter, even though Uber has appealed the issue. Sadiq Khan, the mayor of London, said that should that proceed, the process “could go on for a number of years.”

    The services of Uber will remain available throughout the entire legal process.