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French court rules against Uber in 'employment' contract appeal similar to UK decision

12 Jan 2019

 

Controversial minicab firm Uber has lost its appeal brought forward by an ex-driver in France who feels he should be recognised as an employee. 

This weeks ruling overturns a previous ruling last year when Uber won at a French court. Originally the courts favoured Uber, citing drivers choose the hours they work and also choose which passengers they refuse.

The ruling in France follows a similar decision in UK courts where the ride-hailing firm were told they should provide drivers workers' rights, including minimum wages and holiday time.

The French court in Paris said the contract between Uber and the driver was "an employment contract" on the grounds that the driver was dependent ride-hailing service for work.

Back in the UK just before Christmas, GMB the union for professional drivers, hailed a ‘hat trick’ of legal wins for against Uber after the Court of Appeal upheld a ruling that drivers should be classified as workers.

In October 2016, the Central London Employment Tribunal ruled in GMB's favour - determining that Uber drivers are not self-employed, but are workers entitled to workers’ rights including holiday pay, a guaranteed minimum wage and an entitlement to breaks.

Instead of accepting the judgement of the courts, Uber took their case to the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) last year, which ruled against the ride-sharing company.

The Court of Appeal judgement is Uber's third legal defeat on this issue in as many years. 

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