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The UK Supreme Court rules that Uber drivers are employees

The UK Supreme Court rules that Uber drivers in the UK are employees, not self-employed contractors.

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The ride-hailing taxi app has lost its final appeal against an employment tribunal brought by two former drivers. Britain’s highest court ruled that the company must classify drivers as workers, entitling them to a minimum wage and other benefits, with potential implications for the wider gig economy.

In a groundbreaking win for Uber driver claimants, the Supreme Court ruled that Uber drivers, represented by Nigel Mackay and the Leigh Day Drivers’ claim team, deserve workers’ rights.

The gig economy, where people tend to work for one or more companies on a job-by-job basis, has faced criticism from unions who argue it is exploitative, while businesses highlight the flexibility as an advantage.

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