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Gig economy traps workers in precarious existence, says report

Far from providing flexible jobs for complex modern lives, gig economy companies, such as Uber and Deliveroo, increasingly trap workers in a precarious existence where they need to devote ever-more time to the platform in order to remain financially stable, a new report argues. Based on research and collaboration with a group of gig workers,…
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November 17, 2021 0

Uber must soon face up to task of picking up some serious money

Uber was smart to get itself listed on the New York stock exchange before the WeWork fiasco. There’s now a much-needed mood of scepticism on Wall Street towards cash-burning companies whose horizon for profitability stretches into the middle distance. Uber might find it harder today to raise $8bn (£6.2bn) at a whizzy valuation.

November 9, 2021 0

Amazon invests in food courier service Deliveroo

Amazon is investing millions in Deliveroo in a boost to the UK food delivery service as it takes on rivals such as Uber Eats and Just Eat in a competitive market.

October 28, 2021 0

Employment rights offer UK immunity to mandatory workplace Covid jabs

CNN hit the headlines on Friday after firing three employees who went into work unvaccinated against Covid-19, in what it called a violation of company policy. The US media organisation requires all staff entering its offices or working on assignments with other team members to be fully immunised. The news network is at the more…
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October 16, 2021 0

‘We are democratising the right to laziness’: the rise of on-demand grocery deliveries

One Friday afternoon in May, Glenn Cobane, 40, who lives with his wife and two cats in Salford, did some grocery shopping: a loaf of bread, bananas, an avocado, cat food, chocolate brownies and some cans of beer. Rather than going to a nearby corner shop or walking a mile to the large Tesco Extra,…
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October 8, 2021 0

My Uber Eats account was hacked and I was charged, but it won’t listen

I recently received an email from Uber Eats telling me I’d made a £40 takeaway food order and that my PayPal account had been charged. The only problem is … it wasn’t me. It soon emerged that my Uber account had been hacked and, to make matters worse, the hackers had managed to set up…
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October 5, 2021 0

Covid should have been a boon for Deliveroo – but it still hasn’t turned a profit| Jonathan Nunn

In a year when entire industries have collapsed, food delivery apps seem to have had an easy ride. The revenues of Uber Eats overtook those of the company’s taxi service; Just Eat merged with the Dutch firm Takeaway.com, and then bought the US app Grubhub; and Deliveroo snagged a $575m Amazon investment, managing to squeeze…
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October 5, 2021 0

Courts close in on gig economy firms globally as workers seek rights

Gig economy companies, including Uber and Deliveroo, have faced at least 40 major legal challenges around the world as delivery drivers and riders try to improve their rights. The analysis of 39 employment cases, and seven linked cases on matters such as competition law, covers legal action in 20 countries including Australia, Chile, Brazil, South…
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October 4, 2021 0