Uber must classify its drivers as workers rather than self-employed, the UK’s Supreme Court has ruled.
This means tens of thousands of Uber drivers are entitled to minimum wage and holiday pay.
The binding decision could leave Uber facing a hefty compensation bill, plus wider consequences for the gig economy.
James Farrar, co-lead claimant and App Drivers &Couriers Union General Secretary said:
This ruling will fundamentally re-order the gig economy and bring an end to rife exploitation of workers by means of algorithmic and contract trickery. Uber drivers are cruelly sold a false dream of endless flexibility and entrepreneurial freedom. The reality has been illegally low pay, dangerously long hours and intense digital surveillance. I am delighted that workers at last have some remedy because of this ruling, but the government must urgently strengthen the law so that gig workers may also have access to sick pay and protection from unfair dismissal.
Further updates shortly.