Tag: Employment law

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Under cover of Covid, British workers’ rights are being quietly stripped away | Polly Toynbee

There will be no end-of-lockdown bank holiday, as the prime minister says people have had enough “days off” and must get “back into the office” immediately. That shows how remotely Boris Johnson works and thinks. “Days off” is not how most would describe their pandemic year. Parents working from home struggled to hold down a…
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March 30, 2021 0

After Uber’s U-turn, ministers must stop giving gig economy bosses an easy ride

Putting the brakes on the gig economy is a good thing. Bingeing on something commonly makes you feel ill. But in the case of the stratospheric growth in online services and the deleterious effect of this on stressed-out, poorly paid workers, overindulging makes others sick. From Australia to Canada, Chile, Brazil and much of Europe,…
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March 21, 2021 0

Uber may face further legal challenge to settle drivers’ hours

Uber is set to face further legal action over pay as unions said the taxi hailing app’s new deal was continuing to shortchange its UK drivers. On Tuesday, after years of resistance by the company, Uber said it accepted that its 70,000 private-hire drivers were workers with rights to a minimum hourly wage and holiday…
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March 17, 2021 0

Uber to pay UK drivers minimum wage, holiday pay and pension

Uber is to guarantee its 70,000 UK drivers a minimum hourly wage, holiday pay and pensions after a landmark supreme court ruling. The ride-hailing app said drivers would start benefiting from the changes from Wednesday while retaining the right to choose when they work, as it accepted they were classed as workers in line with…
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March 16, 2021 0

Uber accused of using ‘loaded questions’ in drivers survey

Uber has been accused of using “loaded questions” in a consultation with drivers, after a landmark court ruling handed workers rights to improved conditions. The firm may have to pay out over £100m in compensation to 10,000 drivers, after the UK supreme court ruled last week they are entitled to holiday pay, a company pension…
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March 1, 2021 0

Workers’ rights and role of trade unions

Your editorial (21 February) on Amazon workers’ rights and Nesrine Malik’s article (The culture war isn’t harmless rhetoric, it’s having a chilling effect on equality, 22 February) mention new trade unions fighting for the rights of low-paid workers: the App Drivers & Couriers Union, which won the landmark court case against Uber, and the United…
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February 23, 2021 0