Since 2015 a group of drivers have been pursuing a legal challenge against Uber because they believe they are entitled to workers’ rights. After losing at both an Employment Tribunal, an Employment Appeal Tribunal and the Court of Appeal, Uber is still refusing to treat its drivers as workers. Both tribunals and the Court ruled that private hire drivers working for Uber should be classed as workers. In a last-ditch effort to appeal the ruling, Uber has brought the case to the Supreme Court. The Uber Supreme Court case is set for July 21st and 22nd 2020.
This is the company’s last chance to defend itself in court. If it fails to do so, Uber drivers across the UK will be entitled to workers’ rights and to claim compensation for Uber’s failure to pay holiday pay and the National Minimum Wage.
Uber has always claimed to operate as an app that connects private hire drivers to passengers, rather than an employer. It claims that because of this, there is no legal requirement to provide drivers with workers’ rights.
In 2016 the drivers' claims were upheld by the Employment Tribunal. Rather than accept the first ruling, Uber took the case to the Employment Appeal Tribunal and Court of Appeal.
It again argued that it was not responsible for the employment status of its drivers. However, the first Employment Tribunal ruling was upheld, and Uber lost its appeals.
There is no way of knowing what the decision of the Supreme Court will be. However, if Uber loses for the final time and the claim is successful, drivers will be entitled to a number of benefits, including:
Any driver who has driven for Uber in the last ten weeks is eligible to join our claim. One of the key benefits of joining the claim is that you could be eligible to receive up to £12,000 in compensation.
If the case is successful, all Uber drivers will be entitled to workers’ rights. However, only drivers who have joined the claim will be eligible to receive the compensation. For information about the claim, visit out FAQ section here.