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Uber’s paradox: Gig work app traps and frees its drivers

Uber’s paradox: Gig work app traps and frees its drivers

Technology
On 24 November, after a nervous wait, Uber will learn whether its licence to operate in London is to be renewed. The impending decision has revived debate over whether the data-driven basis for its business model and the "gig economy" jobs it creates are fair. A wave of platforms has followed, offering new ways to buy and sell, to rent from and temporarily hire others. Rather than salaried employees, independent contractors are paid by consumers for a specific job - a "gig". The platforms in the middle argue they do not employ staff but simply connect customers with people seeking to make money.Research by the Trades Union Congress (TUC) estimates that one in 10 workers in the UK now regularly does "platform work". No company is ...

US-Afghan army convoy fires flares, hits drivers on road

World
A local witness and the US mission in Afghanistan say a joint US-Afghan military has fired flares at several civilian vehicles, causing the cars to catch fire and injuriesByThe Associated PressNovember 9, 2019, 10:14 AM1 min read A local witness and the U.S. mission in Afghanistan say a joint U.S.-Afghan military convoy has confronted several civilian vehicles with flares, after a confrontation on the road. The U.S. forces statement says Saturday that American troops released flares as a deterrent after making several attempts to wave the drivers off the road, but didn't aim at the vehicles. It said U.S. forces were trying to stop the vehicles from approaching the convoy in eastern Laghman province Friday night and didn't see any damage immediately to the vehicles. Imad Dawran, a witness t...
Uber loses Appeal Court battle to deny drivers rights

Uber loses Appeal Court battle to deny drivers rights

Technology
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

Technology
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

Sports
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...