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Uber loses employment rights case in Britain

US ride-hailing company Uber on Friday lost its appeal against a landmark court ruling in Britain that would give drivers the right to paid holidays and the national minimum wage. The London employment tribunal upheld an October 2016 judgment in a case that is being closely watched for the wider implications for Britain's booming "gig economy". "Today what the judge has done is just confirm that Uber is not just exploiting us but denying us our rights," said one of the claimants, former driver Yaseen Aslam.
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Uber loses employment rights case in Britain
US ride-hailing company Uber on Friday lost its appeal against a landmark court ruling in Britain that would give drivers the right to paid holidays and the national minimum wage. The London employment tribunal upheld an October 2016 judgment in a case that is being closely watched for the wider implications for Britain's booming "gig economy". "Today what the judge has done is just confirm that Uber is not just exploiting us but denying us our rights," said one of the claimants, former driver Yaseen Aslam.
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Uber loses its appeal on the employment rights of its drivers in UK
The GMB workers' union, which had backed the case, said the ruling by the UK's Employment Appeal Tribunal
Uber loses UK tribunal appeal over driver employment rights
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The GMB union said the Employment Appeal Tribunal ruling was a "landmark victory" for workers´ rights, especially in the gig economy.
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Two drivers were set to defend a British tribunal decision giving them workers' rights at Uber [UBER.UL] on Thursday, the latest threat to the taxi app's business model which is battling to keep its licence in London. The pair successfully argued last year that the Silicon Valley firm exerted significant control over them to provide an on-demand taxi service and had responsibilities in terms of the working rights it provides. "Uber's a transportation services company marketing itself to customers as giving a uniform experience and pricing of wh
Uber challenges employment rights ruling at tribunal in London
Uber is challenging a landmark ruling that says it must give drivers employment benefits. James Farrar and Yaseen Aslam won a case against the ride-hailing app last year after arguing they were workers and entitled to the minimum wage, sick pay and paid holiday. It comes at a time when the firm is under pressure, battling Transport for London over a decision to strip it of its right to operate in the capital on the grounds it is "not fit and proper".
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LONDON (AP) — Uber lawyers are in a London courtroom trying to overturn a ruling that its drivers are employees of the ride-hailing service — not independent contractors. Britain’s employment tribunal decided earlier this year that two drivers who brought a claim against the company were Uber employees, entitling them to paid time off and […]
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