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Uber workers' rights appeal can't jump to UK Supreme Court

The case will first be heard in the Court of Appeal.

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Uber has lost its appeal to the UK's Supreme Court over a ruling that its drivers should be given workers' rights.

The ride-sharing company made the appeal following a ruling in November that stated it must treat its drivers as workers. It submitted a request to appeal directly to the Supreme Court, which has been turned down. This means the UK's Court of Appeal will hear the case first.

"Now that Uber has been denied permission to go straight to the Supreme Court, they should take this opportunity to work with their drivers instead of fighting them at every stage. We've already beaten Uber twice and are prepared to do so again in the Court of Appeal," said Yaseen Aslam, co-lead claimant and member of drivers' union, the Independent Workers Union of Great Britain (IWGB).

Uber declined to comment on the ruling.

Correction, Dec. 5 at 11:18 a.m. ET: This story originally misstated the nature of the Supreme Court's decision. The ruling turned down Uber's bid to bypass the Court of Appeals and go straight to the Supreme Court.