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Uber loses Appeal Court battle to deny drivers rights

Uber loses Appeal Court battle to deny drivers rights

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Uber has lost a Court of Appeal battle against giving its drivers basic employment protections, including minimum wage and holiday pay. The judgement could put Uber's business model in the UK at risk, requiring it to recognise drivers as "limb (b)" workers - crucially allowing them to collective bargaining rights.The company has been engaged in legal appeals since 2016, when an employment tribunal found it unlawfully classed drivers as independent contractors.Sir Terence Etherton, the second most senior judge in England and Wales, told the court that the tribunal was "not only entitled, but correct" to class Uber drivers as workers. He added: "Not only do we see no reason to disagree with the factual conclusions of the [tribunal] as to the working relationship between U...
London Uber drivers to charge electric car fee

London Uber drivers to charge electric car fee

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Uber is planning to add a surcharge to all fares booked via its app in London to help its drivers buy electric vehicles.The fee, expected to be 15p per mile, will be introduced "early" in 2019.Uber said drivers working for 40 hours per week could get cash help of about £1,500 a year from passengers via the top-up fee.The ride-hailing firm said the scheme would also contribute towards plans to curb air pollution in the capital.Uber said it expected the scheme to raise more than £200m ($ 260m) over the "next few years" to help drivers swap vehicles. It said the fee would add about 45p to the average London journey. It hopes to hand cash to 20,000 drivers to hel...
Britain to have three drivers in Formula One next season as George Russell joins Williams

Britain to have three drivers in Formula One next season as George Russell joins Williams

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taking over He will join Lewis Hamilton and Lando Norris on the grid George Russell will become the third British driver in Formula One next year after agreeing a deal to race for Williams. The Englishman, 20, will follow in the footsteps of 2009 world champion Jenson Button, who made his debut for Williams nearly 20 years ago. The highly-rated Russell is the reserve driver for Lewis Hamilton‘s Mercedes team this year, and following Lando Norris’s McLaren promotion, he will now become the second British rookie on the grid in 2019. Russell is also on the brink of securing the Formula Two championship, the feeder series to F1, following an impressive debut campaign in which he has won six races. He holds a 37-point title lead with just the season-deciding...
Uber drivers stage 24 hour strike over employee rights

Uber drivers stage 24 hour strike over employee rights

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Uber drivers are striking across the UK over the next 24 hours as the company continues to appeal against a court ruling giving them employee rights. Although not all of the ride-hailing company's drivers will be on strike, members of the Independent Workers Union of Great Britain (IWGB) will not be using the app for 24 hours from 1pm on Tuesday.Instead, they gathered outside of the company's offices in London, Birmingham and Nottingham to demand fairer pay and to be treated under the conditions of a 2016 court ruling.The IWGB is calling on potential passengers to show solidarity with striking drivers by not using the app during this period, as it calls for the company to cease delaying the implementation of the court ruling.Uber lost a court battle two years ago when an em...
Uber glitch leaves drivers unpaid and frustrated

Uber glitch leaves drivers unpaid and frustrated

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Drivers for the ride-hailing company Uber are frustrated over a glitch that is keeping them from being paid immediately. The Mercury News of San Jose reports San Francisco-based Uber was still working on Saturday to fix a problem that was reported Friday. An Uber spokesperson said the company has identified an issue with its "Instant Pay" feature and that drivers will be paid. Instant Pay allows drivers to be paid immediately for rides. The news organization reports the Uber spokesperson declined further comment. It's not known what caused the issue, when it began or how many drivers were affected. Meanwhile, frustrated and angry drivers are taking to social media, saying that they don't like working for free or that they need the instant payouts for gas.Let's block ads! (Why?) ABC News...