Tag: Employment law

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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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October 4, 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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October 4, 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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October 3, 2021 0

The minimum wage is meaningless if we don’t treat workers with respect

Last week, Labour members backed the fight for a £15-an-hour minimum wage at their annual party conference in Brighton. The vote, which may or may not inform the party’s future policy, has kicked off a debate over what figure the UK should be aiming for as a basic wage floor. But this bold declaration of…
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October 3, 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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October 3, 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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October 2, 2021 0

Uber accused of trying to deter drivers from seeking compensation

Uber has been accused of trying to deter drivers from seeking compensation for missed holiday and minimum wage payments after a landmark court ruling. The taxi-hailing app may have to pay out more than £100m to more than 10,000 drivers involved in cases linked to a UK supreme court ruling on Friday that they must…
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October 2, 2021 0

The courts are helping low-paid workers. It’s a shame that the government isn’t

There will be dismay at the government’s decision to kick its flagship employment bill into the long grass. The legislation was going to be a cornerstone of post-Brexit Britain – one of the building blocks of a better, brighter future along with higher environmental standards and a clampdown on bad corporate behaviour. Now it may…
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October 2, 2021 0