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Uber drivers stage 24 hour strike over employee rights

Uber drivers stage 24 hour strike over employee rights

Technology
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...
FA secures £100m Wembley buyback rights

FA secures £100m Wembley buyback rights

Business
The Football Association (FA) could reacquire Wembley Stadium for as little as £100m if its prospective new owner fails to maintain its elite status, it has emerged hours before a £600m takeover bid could be derailed. Sky News has learnt that the £100m buyback clause, which would be triggered if Wembley was downgraded as a host venue by UEFA, European football's governing body, is part of a wide-ranging agreement struck between the FA and Shahid Khan, owner of the Jacksonville Jaguars American football team.The buyback clause is aimed at helping to persuade sceptics on the FA's board about the merits of a sale, with a full FA board meeting scheduled to take place on Thursday.Senior insiders are sceptical that the amateur game's board representatives will ag...
BT loses TV rights for 'ultimate fighting' and NBA basketball

BT loses TV rights for 'ultimate fighting' and NBA basketball

Business
BT is understood to have lost the rights to broadcast NBA basketball and UFC ultimate fighting after walking away from a bidding contest."We won't bid any more than the rights are worth to us," a spokesperson for the telecoms giant told the BBC. The move comes weeks after BT lost the rights to Italian Serie A football.The firm spends around £1bn a year on sports rights, such as Premier League and Champions League football, a sum which some investors have criticised.BT's sports channels will continue to show NBA Basketball until the end of October and UFC until 3 December. BT boss Gavin Patterson to step down Eleven Sports win Serie A rights The loss means BT's sport channels will show fewer popular sports, but the firm's sp...
Plumber wins workers' rights battle against Pimlico Plumbers

Plumber wins workers' rights battle against Pimlico Plumbers

Business
A plumber has won a legal battle for working rights in a Supreme Court ruling expected to have huge ramifications for freelance workers.Gary Smith had worked solely for Pimlico Plumbers for six years.Despite being VAT-registered and paying self-employed tax, he was entitled to workers' rights, the court ruled. The ruling will be closely read by others with similar disputes, many of whom work for firms in the so-called gig economy.An employment tribunal was "entitled to conclude" that Mr Smith was a worker, the court ruled.As a worker Mr Smith would be entitled to employment rights, such as holiday and sick pay.The Supreme Court ruling means that an employment tribunal can now proceed to examine his action against Pimlico Plumbers...
Travel firms 'fail' on Brexit holiday rights

Travel firms 'fail' on Brexit holiday rights

Business
British holidaymakers booking trips within the EU after Brexit are being urged to check the small print amid claims travel firms are failing to clarify their rights.The consumer group Which? said it believed holiday companies should be providing updated terms and conditions for customer cancellations and refunds in the event the UK leaves the EU without an aviation deal on 29 March next year.There have been warnings, most prominently from Ryanair's chief executive Michael O'Leary, that flights could be grounded in that eventuality because UK operators would no longer come under the single market for aviation.Which? said it was particularly important for customers booking a non-package holiday in Europe to ensure they would not be left in limbo as they would not be covered by current repatr...