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Food delivery deaths: NSW transport minister criticised for ‘victim blaming’

The New South Wales transport minister, Andrew Constance, has been criticised for “victim-blaming” comments made about the recent deaths of delivery riders. Five delivery riders have been killed in road crashes in Australia since 27 September, an average of one every 11 days. In Sydney, two Uber Eats riders were killed in separate crashes on…
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November 25, 2020 0

Death of Sydney Uber Eats rider the fourth food delivery fatality in two months

An Uber Eats delivery rider has been killed in Sydney in what is the fourth death among food delivery workers in the past two months. Bijoy Paul, a 27-year-old man from Bangladesh, was hit by a car in the Sydney suburb of Rockdale at 11am on Saturday while on a delivery for Uber Eats. He…
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November 23, 2020 0

Big tech threw $200m at a ballot measure to hurt gig economy workers. And they won | Ross Barkan

One of the darker outcomes of 21st-century work life has been the predatory gig economy. Divorced from healthcare benefits and regular pay, millions of workers are told they are supposed to be lucky to drive passengers around in a car for ever-diminishing returns. Last week, there was hope that Proposition 22, a ballot measure that…
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November 13, 2020 0

Prop 22: why Uber’s victory in California could harm gig workers nationwide

After a historic spending spree and an aggressive public relations campaign, Uber and Lyft emerged victorious on election day when California voters passed a ballot measure that exempts gig companies from having to treat their drivers like employees. For big tech companies, the win was a crucial step in their fight to protect their business…
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November 11, 2020 0

The gig economy is here to stay. Now let’s humanise it | John Naughton

The US didn’t have just one election on 3 November. All kinds of other public offices were up for election too. And in California, electors had an additional choice to make: whether to approve Proposition 22, a referendum on whether ride-hail and delivery companies (think outfits such as Uber, Lyft, Deliveroo) should get an exemption…
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November 7, 2020 0

California passes Prop 22 in a major victory for Uber and Lyft

Sign up for the Guardian Today US newsletter Uber and Lyft have won a major victory in their battle to continue classifying drivers as contractors, not employees, following the passage of a ballot measure that exempts them from a California labor law. On Tuesday, voters in California passed Proposition 22, the most expensive ballot-measure campaign…
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November 4, 2020 0