Supreme Court rejects Uber’s request to appeal gig economy ruling

Uber’s attempt to appeal a landmark gig economy ruling by directly approaching the Supreme Court has proved fruitless, after the taxi-hailing app’s request was swiftly rejected this morning.

The news follows a milestone Employment Tribunal ruling delivered last year, which found that Uber’s drivers deserved workers’ rights such as holiday pay and the National Minimum Wage (NMW).

Earlier this month, the ruling was upheld at the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT).

Two weeks ago, Uber reportedly attempted to ‘leapfrog’ an appeal to the Supreme Court – a move which was swiftly blocked, according to a statement issued by the Independent Workers Union of Great Britain (IWGB).

The decision means that the ride-hailing app will now need to take its case to the Court of Appeal if it still wishes to challenge the initial EAT ruling.

In a emailed statement sent on Tuesday 5 December 2017, IWGB General Secretary Jason Moyer-Lee, said: “Today’s decision is another blow to Uber’s legal strategy behind denying workers their rights.”

According to Reuters, an Uber spokesperson has confirmed that the company will be approaching the Court of Appeal very shortly.

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Donna Martin

Donna Martin

Partner at Mackrell Turner Garrett
Donna Martin is a Partner in the Employment team at Mackrell Turner Garrett’s London office. She advises both employers and employees on a full range of contentious and non-contentious issues. As an employment law expert, Donna has significant experience in drafting employment contracts and handbooks, advising on grievance and disciplinary procedures and preparatory work prior to tribunals, including advising on the advantages and disadvantages of settling cases.
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