• International Workplace
  • 19 December 2017

Uber loses bid to appeal driver case to UK Supreme Court

Uber’s request to appeal a workers’ rights decision to the UK Supreme Court, skipping the Court of Appeal, has been rejected, according to drivers’ union Independent Workers Union of Great Britain (IWGB).

In November, the ride-hailing app submitted a request to appeal directly to the Supreme Court a decision by a British Tribunal that said its drivers deserved workers’ rights such as minimum wage.

This decision to refuse this request means that the Court of Appeal will have to hear the case first.

“Today’s decision is another blow to Uber’s legal strategy behind denying workers their rights”,

IWGB General Secretary Jason Moyer-Lee said in an emailed statement.

An Uber spokesman said the company will now take the case to the Court of Appeal.

Speaking after the loss of its appeal on 10 November, Pam Loch, Managing Partner of Loch Employment Law, and Managing Director of the Loch Associates Group told International Workplace that this case

“emphasises that tribunals and courts will look beyond what a contract simply says and consider the true nature of the relationship between the parties. Companies should carefully review their working relationships and ensure that their contracts and the rights provided to staff accurately reflect the true employment status.”