Uber loses latest UK legal bid to block employee rights ” for drivers

FILE PHOTO: the Uber logo is displayed on a mobile phone, September 14, 2018. REUTERS/Hannah Mckay/File Photo

LONDON (Reuters) – Uber [UBER.UL] lost on Wednesday its latest court bid to stop British drivers are classified as employees, entitled to rights such as minimum wage, in a decision that endangers the taxi app’s business model.

Two drivers successfully argued to a tribunal in 2016 that the Silicon Valley firm exercised significant control over them to offer an on-demand service, and that they must cease to be regarded as self-employed, which gives little protection in the law.

An employment appeal tribunal upheld that decision last year to ask Uber to go to the Court of Appeal, which ruled against the company in a decision on Wednesday.

Reporting by Costas Pitas; Editing by Alistair Smout

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