Uber drivers stage 24 hour strike over employee rights

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.
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Cars to breathalyse drivers with built-in device

Durham Police is going to offer drink-driving offenders new devices which will breathalyse them before their car starts.
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Trucking Companies Race to Add Capacity, Drivers as Market Heats Up

Investors expect the humming economy to translate into an uptick in profits for trucking companies when they report earnings over the next couple of weeks. But carriers can’t add capacity fast enough to take advantage of the flood of new business.
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Uber data hack hit 2.7m UK riders and drivers

Uber says the data breach it kept secret for over a year resulted in the personal data of approximately 2.7 million people in the UK being exposed.
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Drivers ‘should have compulsory eye tests’

One in three optometrists say they know of patients who drive with vision below the legal standard.
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Uber loses court appeal against drivers’ rights

The firm’s drivers should get workers’ rights including holiday and sick pay, a tribunal rules.
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Uber Suffers Setback as U.K. Court Rules Its Drivers Should Have Workers’ Rights

Uber Technologies suffered a setback in a British court when an appeals tribunal reaffirmed a decision that the company must give its drivers employee rights like paid vacations.
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Uber Suffers Setback as U.K. Court Rules Its Drivers Should Have Workers’ Rights

Uber Technologies suffered a setback in a British court when an appeals tribunal reaffirmed a decision that the company must give its drivers employee rights like paid vacations.
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Smoke, Then Fire: Uber Knowingly Leased Unsafe Cars to Drivers

Chasing breakneck growth, the ride-hailing giant bought Honda SUVs in Singapore subject to a recall. Then one caught fire, sparking a panic at the company. The episode, which wasn’t previously public knowledge, adds to the list of crises that unfolded at Uber on the watch of former Chief Executive Travis Kalanick.
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Smoke, Then Fire: Uber Knowingly Leased Unsafe Cars to Drivers

Chasing breakneck growth, the ride-hailing giant bought Honda SUVs in Singapore subject to a recall. Then one caught fire, sparking a panic at the company. The episode, which wasn’t previously public knowledge, adds to the list of crises that unfolded at Uber on the watch of former Chief Executive Travis Kalanick.
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Uber inadvertently underpaid New York City drivers for over two years

Uber inadvertently underpaid New York City drivers for over two yearsUber generally takes a commission from its drivers after deducting taxes and some fees, but it instead took a higher percentage from its New York City drivers using the full fare before accounting for sales taxes and fees, according to the Wall Street Journal, which first reported the news. “We are committed to paying every driver every penny they are owed – plus interest – as quickly as possible,” Rachel Holt, Uber’s regional general manager for U.S. and Canada, said via email. All New York City drivers under the 2014 agreement would be eligible for a refund, regardless of whether they are still active or not, as long as they completed an Uber ride, the Journal report said.



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Uber Urges Drivers to Reject Unionization Effort in Seattle

Uber is squaring up for a long fight in Seattle to block the nation’s first real unionization effort for app-based drivers, pitting it against the Teamsters labor union and Seattle’s city council.
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Uber Urges Drivers to Reject Unionization Effort in Seattle

Uber is squaring up for a long fight in Seattle to block the nation’s first real unionization effort for app-based drivers, pitting it against the Teamsters labor union and Seattle’s city council.
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How to Mentally Manipulate Your Fellow Drivers

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NBA Power Rankings: Warriors’ speed bump leaves Spurs in driver’s seat

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Ford developing pothole alert system for drivers

The carmaker says it is testing technology to detect potholes and warn drivers of their locations.
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BAFTA hopeful Viola Davis ‘in the driver’s seat’

Viola Davis is tipped to win the BAFTA for best supporting actress this weekend for her role in Fences. 
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3 ways Uber can help its drivers

3 ways Uber can help its driversThe author of a new study on Uber’s economics made less than minimum wage over 16 weeks driving for the popular yet money-losing ride-hailing service—but that’s not his biggest gripe with the company. “An Analysis of the Entrepreneurial Aspects of Uber’s Driver-Partner Platform,” written by Brown University adjunct lecturer Patrick McQuown and a team of his students in Brown’s engineering school, draws on McQuown’s experience as an Uber driver as well as interviews with 110 others to question Uber’s treatment of its independent workers. “Uber’s business model puts into practice technologies and policies that frustrate and belittle drivers while not living up to its marketing on the financial rewards,” the report reads.



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App Could Stop Young Drivers From Checking Phone

If the app detects the car is in use, the phone is locked – disabling calls, texts, emails and social media.
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Truck Drivers and Casual Sex: An Inquiry Into the Potential Spread of HIV/AIDS in the Baltic Region

Truck Drivers and Casual Sex: An Inquiry Into the Potential Spread of HIV/AIDS in the Baltic Region


Truck Drivers and Casual Sex is part of the World Bank Working Paper series. These papers are published to communicate the results of the Bank’s ongoing research and to stimulate public discussion. Workers in the transport industry, including long-distance drivers, are at a high risk of HIV infections. Frequent traveling, long absences away from home, long waits at border crossings and the apparent abundant presence of commercial sex workers at these places mean truck drivers are particularly vulnerable to engaging in casual sex. While the threat of an HIV/AIDS epidemic cannot be taken lightly in any country of the Europe and Central Asia region, four countries – Poland, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia – stand out as being particularly vulnerable. First, the prevalence of HIV/AIDS is relatively high and is rapidly increasing in locations neighboring these countries, like Ukraine, Belarus, and Moldova, where public health conditions are also rapidly deteriorating. Second, because of their geographical location, Poland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania stand at the crossroads of the main East-West and North-South transport corridors, and represent the link between countries of the former Soviet Union and western Europe. The open borders and rapid transit threatens to broaden the sweep of the HIV epidemic, from Russia, Ukraine and Belarus to Poland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, as drug injectors and sex workers come into contact with other population groups in these countries. Truck Drivers and Casual Sex is based on a survey that explores the practice of casual sex among truck drivers and commercial sex workers in the border areas of Poland and Lithuania at a point of time. It uses this evidence to extrapolate the potential impact of these practices on the spread of HIV/AIDS in these countries.

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