Uber Another appeal against the British Labor Court ruling of 2016 found that a group of drivers were workers, rather than self-employed, meaning that they deserved benefits such as paid wages and national minimum wages.
The appeals court upheld earlier decisions to classify drivers as drivers.
Although the verdict was not unanimous, Ober was granted permission to appeal directly to the Supreme Court.
Commenting on the verdict in a statement, Ober said:
This decision was not unanimous and does not reflect the reasons why the vast majority of drivers choose to use Uber Application. We've got permission to appeal to the Supreme Court and we'll do it.
Almost all taxi drivers and drivers have been self-employed tenants for decades, long before our application exists. Drivers who use Uber Make the application more than London Living Pay and want to keep freely choosing if, when and where to drive. If drivers are classified as workers, they will inevitably lose some of the freedom and flexibility that comes with being their own boss.
The original court Refusal Ober says its program provides drivers with "business opportunities," describing it as "a pure fantasy that has nothing to do with real transactions and relationships between the parties."
But Ober points out that one of the judges of the Court of Appeal, Judge Lord Underhill, expressed the view that the relationship she discussed was "not unrealistic or artificial", with her acceptance "in accordance with a well-recognized model of relationships in the private car rental business."
The company also points to a number of changes in its business since the 2016 decision, such as providing insurance cover for drivers.
"Over the past two years, we've made a lot of changes to give drivers more control over how to use the application, as well as more security through prevention, maternity and parental protection, and we'll continue to listen to drivers and make further improvements."
On the other hand, co-prosecutor James Farrar, a former Uber driver who now heads the Independent Workers' Union of Great Britain, welcomed the verdict – but also criticized Ober for "taking the inevitable changes in his business model."
In a statement, he said:
I am happy to judge today that the end of Ober's abuse of the unstable workers has become possible thanks to tactics of contract deceit, psychological manipulation and old domination. However, I am appalled that the driver's driver status has been delayed further while Uber is seeking another request. This is nothing more than a cynical ploy to delay the inevitable changes in its business model while seeking to float the stock market by $ 120 billion. The time has come for Ober to outperform all its stakeholders and abide by court decisions.
A colleague in the leadership, and the secretary of IGGE's United Hire Drivers, Yasmin Aslam, expressed his frustration at the long-standing legal struggle:
I am pleased by today's decision, but I am frustrated that the process has lasted more than three years. It can not be left to the unstable workers like us to bring companies like Ober to account, and despite the personal price we had to pay, we are the lucky ones. "We know many who are suffering from this difficulty, that it is inconceivable to take a billion pound company to court." Now is the time for the government and London's leaders to act and stop allowing companies like Ober to take it on a journey.
Ober lost its first appeal against the court's decision of 2016 a year ago But he vowed to continue
At the same time, unions continue to put pressure on the giant who is riding, calls for the driver's strike two months ago, urges Ober to apply the court's ruling immediately – and to implement "working conditions that respect workers' rights to drivers, including at least the minimum wage and paid leave" .
Uber has Said former policy makers That if the benefits are to be paid to about 50,000 drivers working in the program in the country, it will cost "tens of millions" of pounds.
Commenting on today's decision, Rachel Farr, a senior professional support lawyer at the Employment, Retirement and Movement Group at Taylor Weising, said the ruling could have implications for other economic platforms, reinforcing those who argue that these workers "deserve a better deal."
Although they have also been confirmed on a case-by-case basis for employment classification decisions.
"This decision will have an impact on both a narrower and more traditional economy and will encourage claimants in other cases who are waiting to listen or are waiting for results," it said in a statement. "But just because Ober lost, that does not mean that others will do: each case will be considered for its specific reality, including contractual terms between the parties and what happens in practice."
Deliveroo, for example, has started in the UK courts to date against union-backed attempts to obtain collective bargaining rights by challenging its classification of its drivers as independent contractors.
Last year the Labor Court Judgment Its passengers can not be considered workers because they have a real right to find an alternative to do their work on their behalf.
At the same time, the Government of the United Kingdom was consulting on the modernization of the Labor Code to take into account changes in technology in the working patterns. And Earlier this week The labor market reform package was identified as a major upgrade of workplace rights.
Although unions have called the plan heavy on the spin and have weakened the content, repeating accusations that giants of the giant economy are getting fat by exploiting workers.
In his response to the Court of Appeals decision, Representative Frank Field, who conducted an investigation into wages and economic conditions, considered it "another amazing victory for workers against exploitation and the wages of poverty that stem from false self-employment in a gigantic economy." "He said.
"The government's job now is to ensure that justice is given to employees throughout the year, not just Christmas."
The government this week said it was committed to legislation to improve the clarity of job status tests – "to show the reality of modern labor relations" – that could have significant effects on platform giants such as Ober.
Although it is not clear at this stage what the reformed employment tests will look like, nor how the government's approach could redraw the line.
"The history that has long been drawn in Ober's case illustrates that the current law is not easy for companies and those who work for them to understand, and that clarifying such a complex area of law is easier said than done and remains to be seen.
What is certain, however, is that there is a changing awareness about the nature of work within an increasingly flexible and digitalized economy. The future of the business will change, and employers are likely to leave committed to outdated relationships with their employees. "
Traffic congestion looms
In other news today, this is likely to affect Uber's activity, but the mayor of London and the transport regulator, TfL, Advertise They will lift the exemption from congestion fees on private vehicles (PHVs), as part of a strategy to deal with pollution and congestion in the city.
From April 8, zero-emission vehicles will be exempted only from fees in London.
PHVs that are not accessible by wheelchair will also be removed. So even Uber drivers who use Prius hybrid cars (or similar) will have to pay the fees early next year.
The change in policy, followed by a public consultation, is expected to reduce the number of PHVs deployed in The congestion zone in London Through up to 8,000 per day. The Mayor's goal is to reduce by 65% taxis emissions by 2025 with the specific aim of protecting the health of London residents.
Air toxicity was in the UK capital Beyond legal limits For years, coinciding with Significant rise in the number of PHVs In the streets of London after the launch of the Uber program in 2012 of horse riding madness.