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Courts Must Reject Uber Appeal

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

 

Union calls on gig economy private hire firm to stop legal case following ‘damning’ original tribunal ruling.

Shamed private hire firm Uber have lodged an appeal in the high court against a ruling they have denied their drivers basic workers’ rights.

GMB won a monumental victory in October after bringing two tests cases to the Central London Employment Tribunal.[1]

The judge said the company had acted unlawfully and that Uber drivers are entitled to receive holiday pay, a guaranteed minimum wage and an entitlement to breaks. [2]

The ruling has major implications for more than 30,000 drivers across England and Wales – but the San Fransciso based company has decided to appeal the decision in the High Court.

GMB calls on Uber to stop their legal action – and hopes the courts will uphold the original decision.

Maria Ludkin, GMB Legal Director, said:

“GMB is very disappointed Uber has decided to lodge this appeal in a bid to deny their workers basic rights.

“The findings in the original tribunal were damning, and continuing this course of action is frivolous.

“It’s a waste of time and money – Uber should hold their hands up and admit they were wrong.

“We hope the court will reject this appeal, and uphold a ruling which was an incredible victory for workers in the gig economy everywhere.

ENDS

Contact: Maria Ludkin on 07956632657 or at maria.ludkin@gmb.org.uk

[1] http://www.gmb.org.uk/newsroom/GMB-wins-uber-case

[2] GMB found last year that a member working exclusively for Uber received just £5.03 per hour in August after costs and fees were taken into account, significantly below the national minimum wage of £7.20. Lawyers for the drivers also argued that Uber acts unlawfully by frequently deducting sums from drivers’ pay, often without informing the drivers in advance, including when customers make complaints.

Previous press releases:

http://www.gmb.org.uk/newsroom/gmb-tribunal-for-workers-rights-at-uber

http://www.gmb.org.uk/newsroom/gmb-fight-against-uber

http://www.gmb.org.uk/newsroom/gmb-legal-action-on-uber-drivers

http://www.gmb.org.uk/newsroom/gmb-calls-on-hmr-to-investigate-uber-minimum-wage 
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COURTS MUST REJECT ‘FRIVOLOUS’ UBER APPEAL TO DENY BASIC RIGHTS TO DRIVERS SAYS GMB

Union calls on gig economy private hire firm to stop legal case following ‘damning’ original tribunal ruling

Shamed private hire firm Uber have lodged an appeal in the high court against a ruling they have denied their drivers basic workers’ rights.

GMB won a monumental victory in October after bringing two tests cases to the Central London Employment Tribunal.[1]

The judge said the company had acted unlawfully and that Uber drivers are entitled to receive holiday pay, a guaranteed minimum wage and an entitlement to breaks. [2]

The ruling has major implications for more than 30,000 drivers across England and Wales – but the San Fransciso based company has decided to appeal the decision in the High Court.

GMB calls on Uber to stop their legal action – and hopes the courts will uphold the original decision.

Maria Ludkin, GMB Legal Director, said:

“GMB is very disappointed Uber has decided to lodge this appeal in a bid to deny their workers basic rights.

“The findings in the original tribunal were damning, and continuing this course of action is frivolous.

“It’s a waste of time and money – Uber should hold their hands up and admit they were wrong.

“We hope the court will reject this appeal, and uphold a ruling which was an incredible victory for workers in the gig economy everywhere.

ENDS

Contact: Maria Ludkin on 07956632657 or at maria.luudkin@gmb.org.uk

[1] http://www.gmb.org.uk/newsroom/GMB-wins-uber-case

[2] GMB found last year that a member working exclusively for Uber received just £5.03 per hour in August after costs and fees were taken into account, significantly below the national minimum wage of £7.20. Lawyers for the drivers also argued that Uber acts unlawfully by frequently deducting sums from drivers’ pay, often without informing the drivers in advance, including when customers make complaints.

Previous press releases:

http://www.gmb.org.uk/newsroom/gmb-tribunal-for-workers-rights-at-uber

http://www.gmb.org.uk/newsroom/gmb-fight-against-uber

http://www.gmb.org.uk/newsroom/gmb-legal-action-on-uber-drivers

http://www.gmb.org.uk/newsroom/gmb-calls-on-hmr-to-investigate-uber-minimum-wage 
 

 

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