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Is this the end for the gig economy? | Aaron Benanav

Having threatened to pull out of California completely, Uber and Lyft recently won a temporary reprieve from orders to reclassify their drivers as employees rather than independent contractors. The companies argued they could not come up with a plan for doing so overnight, even though more than two years have passed since California’s supreme court…
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August 24, 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

Uber acquires UK minicab software company Autocab

Uber has bought the British minicab software company Autocab for an undisclosed amount, giving it a new platform for its first major expansion in the UK in four years. The purchase will allow Uber to offer users journeys in towns such as Oxford, Doncaster and Aberdeen where it does not currently operate. But rather than…
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August 6, 2020 0

Uber drivers’ fight for workers’ rights reaches UK supreme court

A five-year battle over the status and rights of Uber drivers reaches the supreme court in a case that lawyers believe has the potential to transform the gig economy in Britain. Uber wants seven of the UK’s most senior judges to overturn a 2018 appeal court ruling that drivers for the ride-hailing giant are workers…
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July 21, 2020 0

Uber drivers to launch legal bid to uncover app’s algorithm

Minicab drivers will launch a legal bid to uncover secret computer algorithms used by Uber to manage their work in a test case that could increase transparency for millions of gig economy workers across Europe. Two UK drivers are demanding to see the huge amounts of data the ride-sharing company collects on them and how…
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July 20, 2020 0

Uber Eats teams up with Asda for fast-track grocery deliveries in UK

Uber Eats has joined up with Asda in the US tech firm’s first step into fast-track grocery delivery in the UK. The supermarket chain, which has previously tested takeaway and limited grocery deliveries via the Just Eat app in a handful of stores, said the new service would start in two outlets and could be…
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July 8, 2020 0