What does the Uber Supreme Court case mean for drivers?

20 July 2020
Author: Drivers Claim Team

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.

What is the claim about?

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.

What happens if Uber loses in the Supreme Court?

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:

  1. Drivers will be granted workers’ rights - this means all Uber drivers across the UK will be able to claim holiday pay and the National Minimum Wage.
  2. Uber will be required to pay compensation for failure to provide these rights to drivers who have joined the Uber drivers claim - drivers could be eligible to receive up to £12,000 in compensation. You can join the claim here.
  3. Job and income - the gig economy has made having a stable income difficult for many people across the UK. If Uber loses the claim drivers will be more certain or receiving a secure income for the work they do.

Who can join the claim?

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 our FAQ section here.

If you would like to join the claim, please complete our online claim form here. If you would like any more information about the claim, please visit www.driversclaim.co.uk.

Last updated 29 January 2021 by the Drivers Claim Team

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