Tag: Gig economy

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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

Long locks for men? Keep your hair on! | Brief letters

Nobody worries whether women have long or short hair, so why do men suffer this sexist prejudice? The piece about Tomasz Schafernaker (Pass notes, 14 April) reminded me of the day when I was a teacher and came upon two boys standing forlornly outside the headmaster’s office. One had been sent there because his hair…
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April 16, 2021 0

UK gig workers: tell us your experiences during the pandemic

In recent months, concerns around working conditions and precarious employment have been voiced by workers at several major companies including Uber, Hermes, Amazon and Deliveroo. They are among millions of gig workers in the UK who have continued to drive, deliver, clean and cook – among many other services – throughout the pandemic. As part…
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April 16, 2021 0

Court tells Uber to reinstate five UK drivers sacked by automated process

Uber has been ordered to reinstate five British drivers who were struck off from its ride-hailing app by robot technology. The five drivers, backed by the App Drivers & Couriers Union (ADCU) and the campaign group Worker Info Exchange, argued that they had been wrongly accused of fraudulent activity based on mistaken information from Uber’s…
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April 14, 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

The Guardian view on public sector jobs: keep gig economics out | Editorial

The erosion of job security and the prospects of millions of UK workers due to casualisation and outsourcing is widely recognised to have transformed the experience of work. Between 2000 and 2016, the number of zero-hours contracts increased fourfold. Such trends are meeting with increased resistance. Last week, Uber drivers won the right to a…
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March 22, 2021 0