Tom Elvidge, the company's acting general manager in the United Kingdom, says that taxi and private hire drivers have been self-employed for decades, "long before our app existed". "It is highly likely Uber will continue to appeal the decision and, during the EAT hearing, there was even a suggestion that they could leapfrog the Court of Appeal and take their case directly to the Supreme Court", says Price.
The company appealed against the decision, arguing that its drivers were self employed and were not obligated to use the app.
Lead claimants Yaseen Aslam and James Farrer were seeking minimum wage and paid holiday in line with United Kingdom employment law.
Britain's Employment Appeal Tribunal has ruled that drivers of the ride-hailing service Uber are entitled to basic protections such as a guaranteed minimum wage and paid time off. The Independent Worker's Union of Great Britain has said that the decision showed that companies such as Uber were choosing to deprive workers of their rights, and the drivers themselves said that they were glad that the judge confirmed what they, and the thousands of other drivers affected, knew all along - that treating drivers as self-employed was unlawful and was exploiting the drivers.
An employment tribunal ruled on Friday that Uber's 50,000 drivers should be treated as employees rather than self-employed. Such employment, often for companies that use mobile phone apps to provide everything from food delivery to health care, has surged as the Internet cuts the link between jobs and the traditional workplace. Uber argues that what is at stake is the "flexibility" for which drivers chose to work on the Uber platform.
Lead claimants Yaseen Aslam and James Farrer are seeking minimum wage and paid holidays in line with United Kingdom employment law.
Uber said it will appeal the ruling.
"They are offered and accept trips strictly on Uber's terms".
Ahead of the ruling, an Uber spokesman told AFP that whatever the result, it "will not necessarily be the end of the process and we expect either side would appeal".