A driver makes use of the Uber app to drop off a passenger in London.

Chris J. Ratcliffe | Bloomberg by way of Getty Pictures

LONDON — Uber misplaced a vital authorized combat within the U.Ok. on Friday, because the nation’s Supreme Court docket upheld a ruling that its drivers ought to be categorized as staff reasonably than unbiased contractors.

The decision concludes an nearly five-year authorized battle between Uber and a bunch of former drivers who declare they had been staff entitled to employment rights like a minimal wage, vacation pay and relaxation breaks.

It is a breaking information story, please test again later for extra.