This landmark ruling may have a dramatic effect on similar transport operators in what is known as the 'gig economy'. CitySprint, eCourier and taxi company Addison Lee are all defending similar claims going through the courts. But it is important to bear in mind two things. First, Uber have confirmed that they intend to appeal so nothing is yet set in stone. Secondly, every case on status of workers very much turns on their individual facts, which can result in a different verdict. In any event, the Uber ruling may be the first of many ground breaking cases in this area of law.
An employment tribunal in London has ruled that Uber drivers can be classed as employees - and are not self-employed.Two Uber drivers claimed the company was acting unlawfully by not paying holiday or sick pay.It has been described as a test case not only for the business model of ride-hailing firm Uber, but for the whole so-called "gig economy".Uber insists its drivers are self-employed and says it will appeal.The firm has more than 40,000 licensed drivers in 20 UK towns and cities making more than a million trips per week.