Yes, Uber has lost its ludicrous appeal. But will its drivers get their rights?

Jason Moyer-Lee

No company better epitomises the so-called “gig economy” than minicab firm Uber. All the key ingredients are there: the company uses an app, the drivers work flexibly – indeed, they can turn the app on and off at will – the drivers are paid per job, and the company denies them the employment rights to which they are legally entitled. Following the loss of its appeal on Friday, that might be about to change.

• Jason Moyer-Lee is the general secretary of the Independent Workers’ Union of Great Britain