Today Is A Happy Day For Uber Drivers Sick And Tired Of Losing Out On Basic Rights At Work

Asif Hanif | Posted 28.10.2016 | UK Tech
Asif Hanif

Today, drivers won a pivotal victory in a case taken by my union, GMB against Uber that proved that they really are employees and not "partners" as the company always says... Up till now, Uber drivers have not been guaranteed a minimum wage - and as GMB, has shown, not every driver always makes the legal minimum. We're also not entitled to holiday pay and as a result, any time off means a loss of earnings, which can mean a lot when you have bills to pay. When Uber comes in and takes advantage of all the opportunities they have in Britain, they should also respect the law of the land and we have shown that today.

5 Different Reactions That Sum Up How Divisive Today's Uber Ruling Is

The Huffington Post | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 28.10.2016 | UK

A ruling by the London employment tribunal to grant Uber drivers the right to holiday pay and a guaranteed minimum wage has been heralded as a landmar...

Our Uber Driver Victory Goes Straight To Heart Of The Gig Economy Epidemic

Tim Roache | Posted 28.10.2016 | UK
Tim Roache

This is not about arguing against change - we'd be completely swimming against the tide - this is about a decent standard of life for people who are working incredibly hard but not making much.

Who Gives A Truck? Are Self-Driving Vehicles Now Science Fact?

Nigel Cannings | Posted 27.10.2016 | UK Tech
Nigel Cannings

Why, then, if the first experiments in AI took place in the 70's and 80's are we not all driverless now? The simple answer is not that we have necessarily hit upon a new idea, but instead that the computing power to build the necessary "brain" just has not been availabl

Aggressively Human: The Future Of Online Marketplaces?

Ruth Shave | Posted 19.10.2016 | UK Tech
Ruth Shave

As the power and influence of sharing economy organisations grows we need to create a system that works for workers and wider citizens, that reflect the changes caused by so called sharing economy businesses. The RSA for example is using a 'collaborative and consultative approach' to develop thinking in this area.

The Government's Digital Economy Bill Merely Tinkers Around The Edges And Ducks The Challenges Presented By The Digital Revolution

Louise Haigh | Posted 18.10.2016 | UK Politics
Louise Haigh

Labour believes that this should have been a Digital Future Bill looking at how we support the digital economy so that it works for everyone: thinking about skills and education, Digital inclusion, workers' protections in the gig economy, the ethics of Big Data and data sharing, digital infrastructure, taxation, digital public services, financing for start-ups particularly outside London, WiFi in public spaces, the progress of open data policy making and post-Brexit the ability of companies to recruit specialists. On those challenges and opportunities the Government is silent.

What Uber, Airbnb & Co Need To Do To Earn (And Keep) Our Trust

Ollie Boesen | Posted 14.10.2016 | UK
Ollie Boesen

Most of us are in agreement that the sharing economy is a good thing, for business and for society. Having trust in the people around us is usually a decent sign that things are going well, and the economic and environmental benefits are clear, too.

The First Truly Driverless Car In The UK Is Loose In Milton Keynes

The Huffington Post | Oscar Williams | Posted 12.10.2016 | UK Tech

A driverless car has been rolled out on to the streets of Britain for the first time. Guided by radar and camera technology, the small electric two se...

Uber Wants To Fly You To Work

The Huffington Post | Oscar Williams | Posted 27.09.2016 | UK Tech

Gravity is the ultimate restriction on urban travel. So it figures that Uber, the world’s most disruptive transportation service, wants to go vertic...

Could A "Third-Way" Employment Status Save The Gig Economy?

Maximilian Yoshioka | Posted 25.08.2016 | UK Politics
Maximilian Yoshioka

This lack of clarity and mismatched expectations around employment status are creating uncertainty among both businesses and workers in the gig economy. The former argue that the freedom of their staff to choose their own hours precludes them access to employee benefits, while the latter claim they are subject to restrictions and conditions that make them employees rather than genuinely self-employed contractors.

Uber Now Finally Lets You Book Trips In Advance

The Huffington Post | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 25.08.2016 | UK Tech

Uber users in London now have the ability to book trips in advance. From 4pm 25 August users will be able to schedule their trips through the Uber app...

These Incredible Flying River Taxis Could Solve Paris's Congestion Crisis

The Huffington Post | Oscar Williams | Posted 29.07.2016 | UK Tech

UberCopter’s reputation as the most eye-catching form of urban transport is set to be superseded by a bubble-shaped river shuttle that will glide ac...

What's the Recipe for the Perfect Music Festival?

Liam Fitzpatrick | Posted 25.07.2016 | UK Entertainment
Liam Fitzpatrick

Imagine your perfect festival. Sunshine. Great music. Party atmosphere. Relaxation even...

Uber Vs Black Cab Driver Trade Blows In Vicious Street Fight

The Huffington Post | Sara C Nelson | Posted 23.06.2016 | UK

An Uber driver and a man believed to be a black cab driver have been filmed trading blows in a busy King’s Cross Street. Filmed by a passenger in a ...

Uber Launches Food Delivery App In The UK

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 16.06.2016 | UK Tech

Your relationship Uber is about to get hella more integrated. After an Uber drops you off after a heavy night out and you wake up the next morning hu...

Female Uber Boss Can No Longer Use Social Media Due to Abusive Trolling

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 14.06.2016 | UK Tech

The female boss of Uber has announced that she can no longer look at her social media accounts because of abusive trolls. Jo Bertram told an audience ...

The 'Sharing Economy' Needs to Be a Caring Economy

Anneliese Dodds | Posted 05.06.2016 | UK Politics
Anneliese Dodds

All eyes now turn to the Tory government back home, who should be abiding by these EU guidelines: I'm calling on them to make sure that our new sharing economy is a caring economy too.

Mind the Gap: It's Still Too Hard to Get Around London If You Are Disabled

Mark Atkinson | Posted 10.05.2016 | UK Tech
Mark Atkinson

This move by Uber represents an expansion of choice for disabled people in London - choice that other commuters and passengers already have. There are of course lots of other providers - particularly the word-famous London black taxis cabs - whose vehicles are accessible.

It Is Time to Engage With George Galloway's Policy Proposals

David Lindsay | Posted 22.03.2016 | UK Politics
David Lindsay

The bookmakers have George Galloway in third place for the position of Mayor of London, which is determined by the Supplementary Vote. Neither Sadiq Khan nor Zac Goldsmith stands any realistic chance of winning outright on first preferences. They, and all other Mayoral candidates who want to win, need to start engaging with Galloway's policy proposals.

Uber Driver Says App Forced Him To Kill People

The Huffington Post | Nitya Rajan | Posted 15.03.2016 | UK Tech

An Uber driver charged with killing six people has blamed the app for his actions. Jason Dalton who was working in Michigan, told police that he could...

Lovestruck For Our Very Own Cabbies

Artemis Mercer | Posted 13.02.2016 | UK
Artemis Mercer

For us, the wives of black cab drivers in London, this year Valentine's Day has a whole other meaning. In our fight to save our partners' jobs and livelihoods, we are simply asking our partners (and all the cab drivers and people working in the black cab industry) to leave us a message from the heart and make a pledge towards the "Action for Cabbies".

Down and Out in London (and Derbyshire)

Anthony Blair | Posted 12.02.2016 | UK
Anthony Blair

There is hope of real change. Some venues, notably the London Olympic Park, is now paying the London living wage of £9.70 an hour.

London Cabbies Hold Noisy Protest Over Uber... Again

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 10.02.2016 | UK

London’s black cab drivers staged a noisy demonstration in Central London on Wednesday, halting traffic as part of an ongoing protest against Transp...

The Time Has Come for London to Embrace Uber Instead of Fighting Against It

Josh Moorcroft-Jones | Posted 02.02.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Josh Moorcroft-Jones

It's this kind of old-fashioned tradition that is holding London back from truly being the greatest city on earth. Unless London begins to accept Uber as part of everyday life and embrace it instead of fighting against it, the city is going to become something of a laughing stock on the global stage.

Fire And Tear Gas In Paris As Police Battle Anti-Uber Protesters

The Huffington Post UK | Steven Hopkins | Posted 26.01.2016 | UK

Black smoke billowed into the skies in Paris on Tuesday as taxi drivers brought roads to a standstill during rush hour by setting tyres on fire and se...