Uber asks to appeal in UK Supreme Court over driver rights

Uber Technologies Inc. asked the U.K. Supreme Court to rule on its appeal over whether it has to pay drivers for overtime and during vacations.

Lawyers for the company filed a permission to appeal application Friday that would see the issues skip the Court of Appeal entirely, an Uber spokesman said in a statement.

Uber has lost at two separate courts in the suit challenging the way it treats workers. The case, brought by two drivers, was the first against the company in Britain and could have ramifications for thousands of workers there. If Uber loses again, the company will have to fundamentally change the way its interaction with the workforce.

Judges in the U.K. have tended to demonstrate sympathy for the argument that the workers should receive more protection. Deliveroo, a London-based food-delivery company valued at more than $2 billion, is also being sued by dozens of riders over the same workers’ rights issues.

“It is unfortunate that rather than focusing on how to give its drivers a guaranteed minimum wage and paid holidays, Uber is instead choosing to waste everyone’s time by appealing once more,” IWGB union General Secretary Jason Moyer-Lee said. “We are more than ready to beat them again.”

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Uber asks to appeal in UK Supreme Court over driver rights