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Uber charged me £332 for a 1.75-mile trip home

Last week I booked an Uber from our favourite pub to my home in north London – a trip of 1.75 miles I have taken several hundred times. I was riding with two friends whom I regularly drop off on the way. I asked the driver to use my preferred route, he refused and a…
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July 20, 2021 0

As drivers, we know Uber’s British union ‘deal’ is not all it seems | Nader Awaad

As an Uber driver campaigning for my rights, I was disappointed to learn that the deal announced by Uber with the GMB union last week was a dud. The fact that an agreement that signs away collective bargaining on pay was celebrated as a turning point for gig economy workers is a sad reflection of…
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June 4, 2021 0

The UK’s richest union is fighting in the courts, but not for the low paid | Nick Cohen

Capital will stage a brutal demonstration of its power over labour when the furloughs and state protections of the Covid pandemic end. Across the west, but most particularly in the UK, employees’ ability to defend themselves will depend on whether they are in a trade union. The new working class of young, female and ethnic…
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May 29, 2021 0

Uber agrees union recognition deal with GMB

Uber is to recognise the GMB trade union in the UK for its private hire drivers, marking the first deal between a union and a gig economy ride-hailing service. Under the recognition deal, the GMB will have access to drivers’ meeting hubs to help and support them. It will also be able to represent drivers…
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May 26, 2021 0

Gig economy couriers should be eligible for a pension, says UK regulator

The head of the UK’s pension regulator has called on gig economy companies to recognise the employment rights of those who work for them and set up workplace pensions. Charles Counsell, the chief executive of the Pensions Regulator, said the government-backed body was already working closely with Uber on a workplace scheme after a supreme…
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May 17, 2021 0

Uber and Arrival team up to produce electric taxis

The electric vehicle maker Arrival aims to start producing cars by 2023 with design help from Uber, in the latest step by the UK-headquartered startup’s ambitious plans to take on the automotive industry. The car, developed specifically for use by ride-hailing drivers, will be Arrival’s first, adding to buses that are due to be on…
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May 3, 2021 0
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