GMB London jubilant after Supreme Court’s decision

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After four court wins in four years, Judges ruled in GMB's favour - again

After winning the four-year legal battle, GMB will now consult with Uber driver members over their forthcoming compensation claim at the Employment Appeal Tribunal.

Today Judges ruled in GMB's favour against Uber’s treatment of drivers for the fourth time, ruling that Uber drivers were workers and not as Uber claim, self-employed contractors.

In October 2016, the Central London Employment Tribunal ruled in GMB's favour.

Instead of accepting the judgement of the courts, Uber took their case to the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) in 2017, which also ruled against the ride-sharing company.

Then in 2018, the Court of Appeal judgement became Uber's third legal defeat on this issue.

Mick Rix, GMB National Officer

“The Supreme Court has upheld the decision of three previous courts, backing up what GMB has said all along; Uber drivers are workers and entitled to breaks, holiday pay and minimum wage.

“Uber must now stop wasting time and money pursuing lost legal causes and do what’s right by the drivers who prop up its empire.

“GMB will now consult with our Uber driver members over their forthcoming compensation claim.”

Steve Garelick, GMB London Region Organiser said:

“The Supreme Court’s decision is a massive win for GMB members working for Uber as well as other workers in the gig economy.

It’s a fantastic outcome that will have consequences for other companies denying their workers the right for decent pay and decent terms and conditions.”


Contact: Steve Garelick, GMB London Region Organiser 079 6776 3980


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