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Under cover of Covid, British workers’ rights are being quietly stripped away | Polly Toynbee

There will be no end-of-lockdown bank holiday, as the prime minister says people have had enough “days off” and must get “back into the office” immediately. That shows how remotely Boris Johnson works and thinks. “Days off” is not how most would describe their pandemic year. Parents working from home struggled to hold down a…
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March 30, 2021 0

Uber may face further legal challenge to settle drivers’ hours

Uber is set to face further legal action over pay as unions said the taxi hailing app’s new deal was continuing to shortchange its UK drivers. On Tuesday, after years of resistance by the company, Uber said it accepted that its 70,000 private-hire drivers were workers with rights to a minimum hourly wage and holiday…
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March 17, 2021 0

Uber accused of using ‘loaded questions’ in drivers survey

Uber has been accused of using “loaded questions” in a consultation with drivers, after a landmark court ruling handed workers rights to improved conditions. The firm may have to pay out over £100m in compensation to 10,000 drivers, after the UK supreme court ruled last week they are entitled to holiday pay, a company pension…
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March 1, 2021 0

Workers’ rights and role of trade unions

Your editorial (21 February) on Amazon workers’ rights and Nesrine Malik’s article (The culture war isn’t harmless rhetoric, it’s having a chilling effect on equality, 22 February) mention new trade unions fighting for the rights of low-paid workers: the App Drivers & Couriers Union, which won the landmark court case against Uber, and the United…
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February 23, 2021 0

Uber accused of trying to deter drivers from seeking compensation

Uber has been accused of trying to deter drivers from seeking compensation for missed holiday and minimum wage payments after a landmark court ruling. The taxi-hailing app may have to pay out more than £100m to more than 10,000 drivers involved in cases linked to a UK supreme court ruling on Friday that they must…
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February 22, 2021 0

The courts are helping low-paid workers. It’s a shame that the government isn’t

There will be dismay at the government’s decision to kick its flagship employment bill into the long grass. The legislation was going to be a cornerstone of post-Brexit Britain – one of the building blocks of a better, brighter future along with higher environmental standards and a clampdown on bad corporate behaviour. Now it may…
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February 21, 2021 0