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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...
Uber glitch leaves drivers unpaid and frustrated

Uber glitch leaves drivers unpaid and frustrated

Technology
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...
Toyota to invest $500m in Uber in driverless car deal

Toyota to invest $500m in Uber in driverless car deal

Business
Japanese carmaker Toyota is to invest $ 500m (£387m) in Uber and expand a partnership to jointly develop self-driving cars.The firm said this would involve the "mass-production" of autonomous vehicles that would be deployed on Uber's ride sharing network. It is being viewed as a way for both firms to catch up with rivals in the competitive driverless car market.The deal also values Uber at some $ 72bn, despite its mounting losses.That is up 15% since its last investment in May but matches a previous valuation in February.According to a press release issued by the firms, self-driving technology from each company will be integrated into purpose-built Toyota vehicles. Uber halts self-driving tests after death Uber settles with Waymo on self-driving The...
Uber 'to focus on bikes over cars'

Uber 'to focus on bikes over cars'

Technology
Uber says it plans to focus more on its electric scooter and bike business, and less on cars, despite the fact it could hurt profits. Boss Dara Khosrowshahi said that individual modes of transport were better suited to inner city travel.He also forecast users would make more frequent shorter journeys in future."During rush hour, it is very inefficient for a one-tonne hulk of metal to take one person 10 blocks," he told the Financial Times. "Short-term financially, maybe it's not a win for us, but strategically long term we think that is exactly where we want to head." Uber move into sidelines deepens loss Uber invests in Lime scooter hire company The ride-sharing firm has invested in a number of bike firms in the last year. Its ...
Contrition wins the day for Uber in a big market

Contrition wins the day for Uber in a big market

Finance
SECOND chances exist, after all. Last September Uber was sideswiped when Transport for London (TfL), the city’s transport regulator, revoked the ride-hailing giant’s licence to operate in the capital, citing concerns related to public safety and reporting of drivers’ criminal offences. The decision appeared to dent the prospects of the firm, which counts London as its largest European market and one of the most lucrative of its 600 cities. Uber continued to operate in London while appealing the decision, but a lot still hung in the balance.Welcome news came on June 26th when a judge in London awarded the firm a licence for 15 months. In court Uber had taken a contrite and muted stance, promising to do more to provide support for riders and drivers, including launching a t...