Uber in Supreme Court showdown over whether the taxi app’s drivers should have worker’s rights
An employment tribunal ruled in 2016 that Uber drivers were workers, and were entitled to workers’ rights
Supreme Court justices are analysing the latest round of a legal fight over whether Uber drivers should be classed as workers.
The taxi app’s operating companies appealed to the Supreme Court after losing three earlier rounds of the battle.
An employment tribunal ruled in 2016 that Uber drivers were workers, and were entitled to workers’ rights.
That ruling was upheld by an employment appeal tribunal, and by Court of Appeal judges.
Lawyers representing Uber operating companies on Tuesday told Supreme Court justices that the employment tribunal ruling was wrong. They said drivers did not ‘undertake to work’ for Uber.
But lawyers representing drivers said the tribunal was entitled to conclude that drivers were working. They said the finding was based on a ‘wealth of evidence’.
Seven justices began overseeing a virtual Supreme Court hearing yesterday.
The hearing is due to end today.