For a lesson in how politics should be done, don’t look at Westminster, as politicians um and ah and slump into their umpteenth mutinous Brexit stalemate. Instead, head 30 miles north to Luton airport, where a bunch of minicab drivers are getting on with the real business of politics: battling to improve their and others’ lives. And in a few weeks they will make history, for the right reasons.
Taxi and courier firm Addison Lee has been refused permission to appeal a landmark employment rights case which saw the Central London Employment Tribunal rule that bicycle couriers should be classed as workers and are entitled to all the rights of a worker.
Addison Lee has been refused permission to appeal a landmark worker rights case brought by the Independent Workers Union of Great Britain (IWGB) and bicycle courier Chris Gascoigne, marking the first time a court has denied a gig economy company the right to appeal an employment rights decision.
Hundreds of couriers are now set for full employment rights after a court told Addison Lee it could not appeal an employment tribunal decison. The case was brought by courier Chris Gascoigne and the International Workers of Great Britain union.
Shares in Lyft, the ridesharing company, stalled on Monday, falling below their initial public offering (IPO) on their second day of trading.
The father of a University of South Carolina student who police say was kidnapped and killed after she got into the wrong car thinking it was her Uber has promised to dedicate his life to improving the safety of ridesharing services.