Sep 27, 2017

Uber appeals over court ruling giving drivers benefits

An appeal by Uber against a ruling that its drivers are entitled to benefits including holiday pay is to be heard at the High Court later on Wednesday. Uber says the court's decision was wrong in law and maintains its drivers are independent contractors. Uber executive Fred Jones told the BBC it was appealing because 80% of its drivers would rather be self-employed than a worker. "When asked why Uber considers its drivers to be independent small businesses he said:"They have complete control and autonomy of how they work on the app. The Independent Workers Union of Great Britain says the case is about whether employers in this economy are allowed to "Get away with bogusly classing the people that work for them... in order to avoid giving them basic employment rights".

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