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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

NSW food delivery taskforce ignored riders’ safety concerns, advocates say

A taskforce set up to improve safety after five delivery riders died on the job in the space of two months has suggested only minor changes to the industry, according to a draft of its report to be released next week. The action plan has been criticised for “caving to the demands” of delivery companies…
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April 9, 2021 0

How past tech floats fared, and upcoming IPOs in London

Amazon listed on the Nasdaq at $18 a share with a market value of $438m in 1997, when it was just an online bookseller, with 256 employees. The share price rose gradually over the years, but started to rocket in 2015 after the firm posted substantial profits. Three years later, it became the world’s second…
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April 3, 2021 0

Uber ordered to pay $1.1m to blind passenger who was denied rides 14 times

Ride share giant Uber must pay a blind passenger $1.1m following a discrimination claim that its drivers unlawfully denied her rides on 14 occasions, an arbitrator decided Thursday. This arbitrator rebuffed the company’s position that it wasn’t liable for drivers’ behavior given their status as contractors, according to news website Insider. San Francisco Bay Area…
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April 2, 2021 0

Covid should have been a boon for Deliveroo – but it still hasn’t turned a profit| Jonathan Nunn

In a year when entire industries have collapsed, food delivery apps seem to have had an easy ride. The revenues of Uber Eats overtook those of the company’s taxi service; Just Eat merged with the Dutch firm Takeaway.com, and then bought the US app Grubhub; and Deliveroo snagged a $575m Amazon investment, managing to squeeze…
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March 31, 2021 0

After Uber’s U-turn, ministers must stop giving gig economy bosses an easy ride

Putting the brakes on the gig economy is a good thing. Bingeing on something commonly makes you feel ill. But in the case of the stratospheric growth in online services and the deleterious effect of this on stressed-out, poorly paid workers, overindulging makes others sick. From Australia to Canada, Chile, Brazil and much of Europe,…
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March 21, 2021 0