London, Nov 10 (EFE) .- The drivers of the Uber transport platform in the United Kingdom are not self-employed, today reiterated a ruling of the Labor Court of Appeals of London, which urges the company to respect the rights of its employees.
The American firm Uber had appealed an earlier decision of the British Justice, which gave last year the reason to two of their workers, James Farrar and Yaseen Aslam, who claimed, among other claims, paid vacations, paid breaks and the granting of a salary minimum.
Uber appealed this ruling and has argued that drivers are not required to use their reservation application for taxi services and that, in addition, they have the condition of Self-employed workers, so, he says, they do not apply the same legislation as employed employees.
Uber's managing director in the United Kingdom, Tom Elvidge, announced today that the company will appeal this ruling again, which would lead this case to the British Supreme Court and open another long process, while the transport platform does not have obligation to modify their working conditions.
"Almost all taxi drivers and privately hired drivers have been autonomous for decades, long before our application. The executive said that the Court of Appeals has accepted arguments such as that a driver must "accept 80% of the careers that are sent to him" when he registers to use the application, although He assured that this measure "never" has been applicable in the United Kingdom.
"During the past year, we have made several changes in our application to give drivers more control. We have also invested to provide coverage for illness and accidents and we will continue to introduce modifications to improve, "said Elvidge.
After hearing the sentence, one of the plaintiffs, Yaseem Aslam, celebrated today that Justice has recognized "what thousands of drivers already knew", that the transport platform, he said, "not only has been exploiting us, but he has also acted illegally. "
" Uber can not continue to ignore the law of the United Kingdom with impunity and depriving people of their right to collect the minimum wage, "the other added. driver involved in this case, James Farrar.
The British union GMB today considered the judicial decision represents a "historic victory" for defenders of the rights of workers of "this new kind of economy", in which self-employed workers proliferate.
"Uber must now face its responsibilities and give its workers the rights that they correspond union, Maria Ludkin.