Uber Drivers Have Finally Won The Battle For Minimum Wage And Holiday Pay

​The taxi business has lost a challenge over employment rights in the UK

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Uber drivers in the UK have won a legal battle with the taxi business over a lack of employee benefits and protection.

A tribunal has ruled that the company's drivers are not self-employed, which means they are entitled to receive the national minimum wage, paid rest breaks and holiday pay, the BBC reports. 

The GMB union, which argued that Uber was breaking the law by not providing basic employment rights, has said it's a "monumental victory" for the thousands of drivers. 

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Speaking outside the tribunal in London, Nigel Mackay, the lawyer representing the drivers, said the ruling "acknowledges the contribution" made by the company's workforce. 

"Uber drivers often work very long hours just to earn enough to cover their basic living costs," Mackay explained.

"It is the work carried out by these drivers that has allowed Uber to become the multi-billion-dollar global corporation it is."