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All hail the California court that put the brakes on Uber and co | John Naughton

Last Monday, the superior court of California handed down a landmark judgment that looks like taking the wind out of the sails of at least some parts of the “gig economy”. The case was brought by the attorney general of the state of California, together with the city attorneys of Los Angeles, San Diego and…
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August 22, 2020 0

California Uber and Lyft drivers brace for shutdown over worker classification

Uber and Lyft drivers are bracing for a shutdown in California, one of the rideshare companies’ largest markets. For drivers it is a bittersweet moment. One that couldn’t come at a worse time and yet holds the promise of a better future. The coronavirus pandemic has hit so-called gig economy workers hard and ramped up…
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August 19, 2020 0

Uber acquires UK minicab software company Autocab

Uber has bought the British minicab software company Autocab for an undisclosed amount, giving it a new platform for its first major expansion in the UK in four years. The purchase will allow Uber to offer users journeys in towns such as Oxford, Doncaster and Aberdeen where it does not currently operate. But rather than…
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August 6, 2020 0

Melbourne Uber drivers fear for their health as they transport passengers to Covid-19 tests

Some Melbourne Uber drivers say they are afraid for their health after unknowingly transporting potentially infectious passengers to Covid-19 testing facilities. Melbourne driver Karan Taneja said he was scared to hold his infant child for days after picking up a rider who suspected she could have Covid-19 and wished to get tested. “Before we pick…
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August 6, 2020 0

Uber drivers’ fight for workers’ rights reaches UK supreme court

A five-year battle over the status and rights of Uber drivers reaches the supreme court in a case that lawyers believe has the potential to transform the gig economy in Britain. Uber wants seven of the UK’s most senior judges to overturn a 2018 appeal court ruling that drivers for the ride-hailing giant are workers…
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July 21, 2020 0

Uber drivers to launch legal bid to uncover app’s algorithm

Minicab drivers will launch a legal bid to uncover secret computer algorithms used by Uber to manage their work in a test case that could increase transparency for millions of gig economy workers across Europe. Two UK drivers are demanding to see the huge amounts of data the ride-sharing company collects on them and how…
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July 20, 2020 0