Uber pledged [on Dec. 19] to challenge a U.K. Court of Appeal decision that drivers should be classed as workers rather than self-employed employees, a verdict that has potentially wide-ranging implications for the rapidly growing gig economy and the rules that govern it.
The challenge sets up a showdown in Britain’s Supreme Court that will determine whether the drivers will be able to claim the rights open to workers such as the minimum wage and paid holidays.
The unions were delighted at the third loss of Uber in the courts, and said that it was an early Christmas gift for people working in concert economies, where people were hired from work with little security and less employment rights.
Or Now we have made decisions against Uber, remain attractive and lose, al said Tim Roache, general secretary of the GMB union. ”Uber should just take the decision and try to find gaps that deprive people of their hard-earned rights and hard-earned fees.“
The San Francisco-based company he seeks to improve the image of his new CEO, Dara Khosrowshahi, said the decision was not unanimous and did not reflect the reasons why the majority of drivers chose to use the Uber practice.
He added that there are driving forces to be classified as workers, and then they will lose their freedom and flexibility.
”Over the past two years, we’ve made a lot of changes to give drivers more control over how they use the application, to ensure greater safety through disease, maternity and paternity protection, Şirket the company said. ”We’ll continue to listen to drivers and offer more improvements.“
Although the UK government will not be available to employees outside the country, it is part of the tendency of regulators to more closely examine a rapidly developing establishment and challenge traditional employment models. Only this week, the UK published the Good Work Plan and promised to clarify the tests on employment status, as suggested by Taylor Review last year.
Although the case was brought by two employees, in this case the platform uses the effects of 50,000 drivers. Lawyers are also watching – not only because of the huge global footprint of Uber, but also 1.1 million people in the UK.
These figures mean that any future decision could have an impact on the applicability of Uber’s business model and pricing, according to Rachel Farr, a senior lawyer for the international law firm Taylor Wessing who is not involved in the case.
Edi Uber’s rivals and businesses in concert economy will think about what it means for them, and the decision will give hope to those who believe it’s a worker who deserves a better deal, ’he said.
”But as Uber lost, it doesn’t mean that others will do it: Each case will be evaluated in its own case, including the contractual terms between the parties and what is actually in practice.“
Uber quickly expanded across the globe, positioning itself as an alternative to traditional taxis with a smartphone application that connects people who want to drive themselves with special vehicle drivers. This led to the protests of taxi drivers who said that Uber and similar services could take them down.
Some companies have argued that the concert system provides lifestyle benefits for people who want flexibility, but regulations allow companies to avoid many costs associated with hiring full-time employees.
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