Uber vowed to appeal the ruling. REUTERS/Toby Melville
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Uber drivers in Britain should get paid vacation days and be guaranteed a minimum wage, a tribunal said Friday, in a ruling that tests the limits of the so-called "gig economy," in which companies rely on individual to work as self-employed contractors without safety nets. The case, which the company plans to appeal, has wider implications for the British economy and could encourage similar labor actions by Uber drivers in other countries or companies with similar business models. The union says the Central London Employment Tribunal's ruling Friday could affect as many as 30,000 drivers, but the company has underscored it only applies to those who filed suit.Uber argues it is a technology company that links self-employed drivers with people who need rides.
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