In an unsurprising turn of events (given that they already announced it when the ruling was announced), Uber have appealed the recent decision which classified their drivers as workers, giving the rights such as minimum wage, sick pay and paid holiday.
The case sent shock waves through the employment world, with huge ripple effects predicted in all areas of the gig economy. The announcement of the case was swiftly followed by other claims being filed against companies like Deliveroo.
The appeal will be heard next year.
The employment tribunal judges were scathing about Uber’s case that drivers who use Uber’s phone app to pick up fares were self-employed. “The notion that Uber in London is a mosaic of 30,000 small businesses linked by a common ‘platform’ is to our minds faintly ridiculous,” they said. “Drivers do not and cannot negotiate with passengers … They are offered and accept trips strictly on Uber’s terms.” Farrar said Uber’s appeal was expected but “really disappointing”. “It is just because they don’t want to pay the minimum wage. We are confident. Our case is rock solid and the original judgment was emphatic.” Jo Bertram, regional general manager of Uber in the UK, said: “Tens of thousands of people in London drive with Uber precisely because they want to be self-employed and their own boss."