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I backed Sadiq Khan – but now his racist minicab policy has betrayed me | Abdurazak Hadi

They say you can get used to anything in time, but I am not sure that is true. Some things in life, such as the loss of a loved one, we must find the courage to accept. Others, like discrimination and exploitation, we must find the courage to fight. Two weeks ago, I lost my…
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October 17, 2021 0

Uber and Cabify to suspend operations in Barcelona

The app-based ride-hailing services Uber and Cabify are to suspend their operations in Barcelona from Friday after the Catalan government announced new rules requiring vehicles to be booked with at least 15 minutes’ notice.


October 15, 2021 0

Union calls for Uber drivers and Airbnb hosts facing tax crackdown to be protected

The Transport Workers Union of Australia has condemned the federal government’s plans to crack down on Uber drivers and Airbnb hosts who avoid paying tax.


October 14, 2021 0

Uber loses appeal over driver employment rights

Master of the rolls, Sir Terence Etherton, along with Lord Justice Bean, backed an October 2016 employment tribunal ruling that could affect tens of thousands of workers in the gig economy. A third judge, Lord Justice Underhill, dissented, leading to a 2-1 majority decision.


October 13, 2021 0

Is the gig economy all it’s cracked up to be?

The “gig” economy was supposed to be an opportunity for entrepreneurs to be their own boss. Everyone from Uber to Postmates, Lyft, Airbnb, Turo and Parklee have all sold themselves as platforms for freelancers and would-be entrepreneurs to work for themselves.


October 12, 2021 0

High score, low pay: why the gig economy loves gamification

In May 2016, after months of failing to find a traditional job, I began driving for the ride-hailing company Lyft. I was enticed by an online advertisement that promised new drivers in the Los Angeles area a $500 “sign-up bonus” after completing their first 75 rides.


October 11, 2021 0

Foodora rider classed as employee and wins unfair dismissal case

Riders for the collapsed food delivery company Foodora have asked the federal government to sue the firm’s German parent after the administrators conceded the dispatchers were “more likely than not” employees.


October 11, 2021 0

Without a fair tax on tech, it could be the end of the state as we know it

Alongside the results of last week’s US midterms came the passing of San Francisco’s Proposition C, a measure that will tax firms with an annual turnover of more than $50m (£44m) to raise an estimated $300m extra a year to help address homelessness. Last Tuesday, 60% of voters backed it: though the proposal is now…
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October 10, 2021 0