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Diego v Deliveroo: are workers winning more rights in Australia’s gig economy?

Last week, in a landmark case, Australia’s Fair Work Commission ruled that Deliveroo rider Diego Franco was an employee – not a contractor. The case could have ramifications for the wider gig economy, where the use of contractors has led to widespread job insecurity, and workers are subjected to dangerous conditions. Reporter Naaman Zhou explains…
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May 24, 2021 0

Uber Eats riders earning as little as $5 for deliveries crossing multiple NSW suburbs

Uber Eats riders in Australia are earning as little as $5 for individual deliveries that cross multiple suburbs, as riders complain that their pay was cut by the global tech giant during the pandemic. New data provided to Guardian Australia by riders has revealed pay rates as low as $5.01 for a nearly 4km trip.…
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May 20, 2021 0

Gig economy couriers should be eligible for a pension, says UK regulator

The head of the UK’s pension regulator has called on gig economy companies to recognise the employment rights of those who work for them and set up workplace pensions. Charles Counsell, the chief executive of the Pensions Regulator, said the government-backed body was already working closely with Uber on a workplace scheme after a supreme…
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May 17, 2021 0

Menulog pushes ahead with plans for drivers to become employees under new award

Food delivery company Menulog will apply for a new employment award to be created specifically for food delivery workers, as it attempts to become the first gig economy company to make all its workers full employees. Menulog announced last month that it would transition away from the controversial independent contractor model used by food delivery…
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May 17, 2021 0

‘A slap in the face’: California Uber and Lyft drivers criticize pay cuts under Prop 22

Uber and Lyft drivers in California are up in arms about the effects of Proposition 22 since the controversial state law went into effect in January, after an aggressive and expensive lobbying campaign in favor of the ballot amendment. Among the most recent changes, drivers say, is a reduction in mileage rates from Los Angeles…
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May 16, 2021 0

Uber narrows loss as hunger for food delivery business grows during pandemic

Uber’s thriving food delivery business, aided by a bump in home deliveries during lockdowns, helped the company counteract a slow quarter for ride-hailing bookings amid the pandemic. The company announced better-than-expected earnings in its first quarter of 2021, despite reporting its ride bookings were flat from the previous quarter and had decreased year over year.…
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May 5, 2021 0