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Uber granted London licence as court rules it ‘no longer poses a risk’

Uber has been granted a further 18-month licence in London after an appeal found it was a “fit and proper” company to run private hire car services. Westminster magistrates court ruled in favour of Uber almost a year after Transport for London (TfL) refused the ride-hailing firm a licence extension over safety concerns. The deputy…
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September 28, 2020 0

Monopoly power is running wild. We need tough competition laws to rein it in | Michelle Meagher

There are a million ways to shop online, but all clicks lead back to the same few companies. We can buy a chicken for £3, but just four supermarkets dominate the groceries sector. Taxi rides have never been more affordable, but drivers fend for themselves in the gig economy. Although we live in a world…
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September 28, 2020 0

Why Uber and Lyft are taking a page out of Big Tobacco’s playbook in labor law battle | Veena Dubal

Uber and Lyft are waging a scorched-earth regulatory battle to avoid providing basic benefits to their drivers, now considered essential workers, in their largest US market: California. In response to a lawsuit by the California attorney general, Xavier Becerra, a judge found the companies’ drivers to be employees and ordered Uber and Lyft to act…
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September 11, 2020 0

Sorry, Uber. Anti-racism slogans are all very well – but how about paying a decent wage? | Arwa Mahdawi

We live in a golden age of brand activism: multinational corporations no longer want to simply flog you stuff, they want to lecture you about social justice at the same time. Take Uber, for example. The ride-sharing company, which conquered large swathes of the world by flouting regulations and classifying its drivers as contractors so…
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September 9, 2020 0

All hail the California court that put the brakes on Uber and co | John Naughton

Last Monday, the superior court of California handed down a landmark judgment that looks like taking the wind out of the sails of at least some parts of the “gig economy”. The case was brought by the attorney general of the state of California, together with the city attorneys of Los Angeles, San Diego and…
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August 22, 2020 0

Lyft to suspend services in California over order to classify drivers as employees

Lyft has announced it will suspend its services in California starting Thursday at 11.59pm PT unless a court allows them to continue to classify drivers as contractors. The company and its primary competitor Uber are awaiting a landmark decision from a court in the state, which would enforce a new labor law known as AB5.…
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August 20, 2020 0