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Video games workers create union to demand rights

Video games workers create union to demand rights

Technology
Workers in the video games industry have formed a union for the first time in the UK. Excessive and unpaid overtime, precarious contracts and discrimination are all serious problems in the industry, according the the Games Workers' Union, which launched on Friday.Now it is hoping to use collective organising to fix a "broken sector and create an ethical industry", according to founding member Dec Peach."For as long as I can remember it has been considered normal for games workers to endure zero-hours contracts, excessive unpaid overtime, and even sexism and homophobia as the necessary price to pay for the privilege of working in the industry," he said.When the union holds its first meeting on Sunday, one of the biggest concerns for Mr Peach and his follow members is likely...
Deliveroo wins latest court battle over rider rights

Deliveroo wins latest court battle over rider rights

Business
Riders hired by food courier Deliveroo are not entitled to collective bargaining, the High Court has ruled.The ruling confirmed a previous judgement by labour law body the Central Arbitration Committee (CAC).The Independent Workers Union of Great Britain was attempting to overturn the verdict, reached in November last year, that the riders are self-employed, However, the court rejected claims that this categorisation breached their human rights.Decisions by the CAC can be challenged in the High Court on a point of law, but the application for a judicial review was rejected.Mr Justice Supperstone said Deliveroo riders were not "in an employment relationship" with the firm, so the right to collective bargaining did not apply. M...
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

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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...