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Uber to U.K. Supreme Court: Drivers don’t deserve workers’ rights

Uber to U.K. Supreme Court: Drivers don’t deserve workers’ rights
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Uber might have lost its appeal against a ruling that its drivers need to be classified as workers with minimum-wage rights in the U.K., but it’s not backing down. After failing to persuade the Employment Appeal Tribunal earlier this month, Uber is now taking its fight all the way to the Supreme Court–The U.K.’s highest appellate court–according to Reuters. An Uber spokesperson confirmed to Reuters, “We have this afternoon requested permission to appeal directly to the Supreme Court in order that this case can be resolved sooner rather than later.”

Uber continues to argue that its drivers are self-employed, and as a result are not entitled to benefits like paid holidays and minimum wage. This legal battle is one of the ride-hailing giant’s many headaches in the U.K. In September, Uber lost its license to operate in London, forcing new CEO Dara Khosrowshahi to write a “public apology” in the Evening Standard, London’s daily newspaper.APH