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Long locks for men? Keep your hair on! | Brief letters

Nobody worries whether women have long or short hair, so why do men suffer this sexist prejudice? The piece about Tomasz Schafernaker (Pass notes, 14 April) reminded me of the day when I was a teacher and came upon two boys standing forlornly outside the headmaster’s office. One had been sent there because his hair…
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April 16, 2021 0

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

My Uber Eats account was hacked and I was charged, but it won’t listen

I recently received an email from Uber Eats telling me I’d made a £40 takeaway food order and that my PayPal account had been charged. The only problem is … it wasn’t me. It soon emerged that my Uber account had been hacked and, to make matters worse, the hackers had managed to set up…
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April 5, 2021 0

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

Ride-hailing rental startup Splend to transition Australian car fleet to electric

Australia may take another small step in the switch to electric cars if an ambitious $40m plan by the ride-hailing rental startup Splend to transition its fleet takes off. The company has said it will swap its petrol-driven cars in the UK for 1,000 electric vehicles by the end of the year, with half the…
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March 30, 2021 0

‘A lot are sceptical’: Uber drivers’ cautious welcome over worker status

On Wednesday Uber, the taxi hailing app, began offering 70,000 UK drivers a minimum hourly wage, holiday pay and pensions after years of legal battles. But drivers said the new deal was far from perfect, as they are only guaranteed minimum pay from when they accept a job – not from when they log on…
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March 18, 2021 0