Uber appeals UK ruling on drivers’ labor rights

LONDON (AP) — The ride-hailing app Uber says it will appeal a U.K. decision that would in effect give drivers rights such as guaranteed minimum wage and holiday pay.

Tom Elvidge, the company’s acting general manager in the U.K., says that taxi and private hire drivers have been self-employed for decades, “long before our app existed.”

He says in a statement that the drivers use Uber because they value the “freedom to choose if, when and where they drive and so we intend to appeal.”

Lead claimants Yaseen Aslam and James Farrer were seeking minimum wage and paid holiday in line with U.K. employment law.

Based in San Francisco, California, Uber describes itself as a technology company that links self-employed drivers with people who need rides.