The UK Employment Appeal Tribunal has upheld its original verdict in favor of employees who claim that Uber is exploiting drivers.

Uber drivers filed this case in September citing that they should be considered as workers rather that self-employed contractors.  As workers, Uber drivers are entitled to benefits which include holiday pay as well as the UK’s National Minimum Wage.

After losing the appeal, Uber UK’s acting general manager, Tom Elvidge, had this to day: “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.”

A former Uber driver who brought the employment rights challenge against the company, Yaseen Aslam, had this statement on the result: “I am glad that the judge today confirmed what I and thousands of drivers have known all along: that Uber is not only exploiting drivers, but also acting unlawfully. We will carry on fighting until this exploitation stops and workers’ rights are respected.”

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