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Uber loses its appeal to stop drivers being paid for leave

RIDE-HAILING firm Uber has lost its appeal against a ruling that its drivers should be classed as workers rather than self-employed, with rights such as holiday pay.

The court of appeal upheld a decision by the employment appeal tribunal, which last year dismissed Uber’s appeal against an earlier tribunal hearing.

Unions welcomed the ruling as an ‘early Christmas present’ for Uber drivers, with implications for the wider gig economy.

Tim Roache, general secretary of the GMB, said: ‘We’re now at a hat-trick of judgments against Uber. They keep appealing and keep losing.

‘Uber should accept the verdict and stop trying to find loopholes that deprive people of hard-won rights and pay.’

Nigel Mackay of law firm Leigh Day, which was involved in the case, said: ‘This is the third time the drivers have been victorious in their fight for workers’ rights but Uber has yet to give them what three legal decisions have ruled they are entitled to — holiday pay and to be paid at least the minimum wage. We hope that Uber now faces up to its responsibilities instead of spending time and money in the courts attempting to deny its drivers these rights.’

Frank Field MP said: ‘This is another stunning victory for workers against the exploitation and poverty wages that stem from bogus self-employment in the gig economy. The government’s job now is to ensure justice is delivered for workers all year round, not just at Christmas.’