Tag: Gig economy

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Uber and Lyft drivers protest to demand more benefits during coronavirus crisis

Rideshare drivers in San Francisco defied the city’s shelter in place order on Thursday to protest in front of Uber’s headquarters, demanding the company provide them with more benefits as they continue to work through the coronavirus pandemic. The drivers are calling for the enforcement of AB5, a landmark California law that went into effect…
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March 19, 2020 0

Uber rival Bolt facing legal action over minimum wage and workers’ rights

A minicab app bidding to topple Uber in London is facing legal action over claims it underpaid the minimum wage – a move also intended to force it to provide drivers with workers’ rights. Andrei Donisa is bringing a test case against Bolt after it expelled him from its platform for refusing to take enough…
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March 16, 2020 0

Coronavirus forces companies like Uber and Lyft to reckon with workers’ rights

Uber and Lyft achieved multi-billion dollar valuations by classifying drivers as independent contractors who are ineligible for benefits. Now the spread of coronavirus may force the gig economy to reform. Both companies have announced funds to compensate drivers who have been quarantined or diagnosed with Covid-19, in response to pressure from those who say they…
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March 11, 2020 0

The germ-sharing economy: coronavirus takes toll on gig workers

The coronavirus outbreak in the US is underscoring the difficulty of regulating the gig economy, an industry that is fundamentally based on sharing spaces and – potentially – germs. And as ride share, food delivery, and other platforms scramble to release safety guidelines for customers and employees, many workers who depend on gig work for…
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March 6, 2020 0

Coronavirus UK: unions warn over lack of sick pay for gig economy workers

The government has been accused of failing to grasp the threat of gig economy workers spreading coronavirus, after a minister advised those with no sick pay who have to self-isolate to claim benefits instead. Downing Street is under huge pressure from trade unions and Labour to promise statutory sick pay to all workers when it…
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March 3, 2020 0

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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January 29, 2020 0