Drivers James Farrar and Yaseen Aslam took a case to an employment tribunal last year, arguing they were Uber staff and entitled to holiday pay, paid rest breaks and the minimum wage.
After the Employment Appeal Tribunal upheld the original tribunal ruling, Uber UK’s acting general manager Tom Elvidge said: “Almost all taxi and private hire drivers have been self-employed for decades, long before our app existed.
“The tribunal relies on the assertion that drivers are required to take 80% of trips sent to them when logged into the app. As drivers who use Uber know, this has never been the case in the UK.”
Mr Elvidge said Uber had made changes to its app to give drivers more control, as well as offering illness and injury cover.