Uber accused of trying to undermine workers rights ruling

Uber has been accused of undermining the UK Supreme Court’s decision to force the company to provide rights for its workers.

The company has found itself back in court after challenging the landmark ruling, where a judge suggested that the tech firm should enter into direct contract with passengers when providing rides for its customers.

The ride-hailing giant argues that its service is in line with the London transport regulator’s guidance.

“I thought the Supreme Court ruling was the end of the matter but just months later we are being forced back to court to defend this landmark ruling from Uber’s army of slick corporate lawyers who are determined to strip us of our rights,” App Drivers and Couriers (ADCU) Union Yaseen Aslam told Bloomberg.

The initial decision, which was made nine months ago, ruled that the ride-hailing platform had to treat its drivers as “workers”, and provide them with holiday pay, rest breaks and a  minimum wage while they use the app.

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Uber responded by saying it would reclassify its UK drivers as workers and announced it had formally recognised the labour union.

The ADCU has said that the Uber is attempting to undermine the court’s ruling, with its lawyers claiming that the the company will “avoid responsibility for the health and safety of drivers” if the decision is overturned.

An Uber spokesperson has claimed that the company is committed to the worker changes it made earlier this year and that “this legal procedure is seeking to clarify a different and narrow point of law.”

The company’s lawyers said that if it rules against Uber, it would have to change its operating model as it currently is contracted as an agent for the driver.

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