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Uber Eats rider died riding e-bike not approved for use in NSW, company confirms

The general manager of Uber Eats in Australia has confirmed that a rider who died while working for the company last year was using an unauthorised e-bike, and another was using an unapproved helmet. Uber also said riders had sustained approximately 40 “serious notifiable injuries” in New South Wales since December 2020, and rejected the…
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April 19, 2021 0

Menulog announces pivot towards ‘employment model’ for all couriers within coming years

Menulog says it is moving away from the controversial independent contractor model favoured by its gig economy rivals and wants to have all its couriers employed by the company within a “few years’ time”. In a move designed to differentiate itself from rivals such as Uber Eats and Deliveroo, Menulog’s managing director, Morten Belling, said…
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April 12, 2021 0

NSW food delivery taskforce ignored riders’ safety concerns, advocates say

A taskforce set up to improve safety after five delivery riders died on the job in the space of two months has suggested only minor changes to the industry, according to a draft of its report to be released next week. The action plan has been criticised for “caving to the demands” of delivery companies…
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April 9, 2021 0

Ride-hailing rental startup Splend to transition Australian car fleet to electric

Australia may take another small step in the switch to electric cars if an ambitious $40m plan by the ride-hailing rental startup Splend to transition its fleet takes off. The company has said it will swap its petrol-driven cars in the UK for 1,000 electric vehicles by the end of the year, with half the…
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March 30, 2021 0

Hungry Panda was unaware it had to report death of delivery rider, inquiry hears

A manager at food delivery company Hungry Panda has told a parliamentary inquiry she did not know they had a legal obligation to report the death of one of their riders to the New South Wales workplace regulator. Rider Xiaojun Chen, a 43-year-old father of two, was hit and killed by a bus last year…
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February 23, 2021 0

Uber Eats accused of using new contract to exploit Australian delivery riders

A new contract sent to Uber Eats delivery drivers, which requires them to have an ABN and take out their own insurance, appears aimed at stopping claims the riders should be treated as employees. The new contract, sent out on Wednesday and seen by Guardian Australia, stated drivers who signed the agreement were self-employed contractors…
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January 29, 2021 0