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Uber deal for UK rideshare drivers

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The UK has reached a deal with Uber.

One of the world’s largest ride-sharing company, Uber has reached a historic deal with a trade union in the United Kingdom (UK).

A UK court granted over 90,000 Uber drivers with workers’ rights, through a collective bargaining agreement.

The GMB Union represents over 620,000 members across several industries. However, GMB’s National Officer, Mike Rix explained this deal is an important step.

“This agreement shows gig economy companies don’t have to be a wild west on the untamed frontier of employment rights.”

Uber officially recognised the union after a ruling by Britain’s Supreme Court in February.

“Whilst Uber and GMB may not seem like obvious allies, we’ve always agreed that drivers must come first, and today we have struck this important deal to improve workers’ protections,”

UBER EUROPE EXECUTIVE, JAMIE HEYWOOD

The Uber deal allows GMB to represent drivers if they lose access to Uber. Additionally, it will ensure two-way communication between management and drivers to discuss issues and concerns.

Also, the landmark deal will allow GMB to work with Uber on earning principles, pension entitlements and other benefits.

“Uber is the only major player in the industry to provide drivers with a National Living Wage guarantee, holiday pay and a pension.

“This historic agreement means that Uber will be the first in the industry to ensure that its drivers also have full union representation,” Mr Heywood said.

The deal is a first between a union and a gig economy ridesharing service, like Uber. But the deal does not apply to Uber’s food delivery service, Uber Eats.

The UK has recently seen a spike in Uber drivers, as demand increases in the wake of the nation’s lockdown.

Costa is a news producer at ticker NEWS. He has previously worked as a regional journalist at the Southern Highlands Express newspaper. He also has several years' experience in the fire and emergency services sector, where he has worked with researchers, policymakers and local communities. He has also worked at the Seven Network during their Olympic Games coverage and in the ABC Melbourne newsroom. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts (Professional), with expertise in journalism, politics and international relations. His other interests include colonial legacies in the Pacific, counter-terrorism, aviation and travel.

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Russia defaults on foreign debt for the first time in a century

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Russia has failed to pay out its overseas debt for the first time in over 100 years

The country missed its Sunday deadline due to challenges in transferring the payments to international creditors.

Moscow has the funds to make the 100 million dollar payment but sanctions have complicated the process.

The country is unhappy with the situation with the finance minister calling the situation “a farce”.

The last time that Russia defaulted on its foreign debt was in 1918 when leader Vladimir Lenin did not pay out debts on behalf of the Russian Empire.

Russia has been hit with sanctions by a number of countries in response to its invasion of Ukraine.

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Instagram introduces new process to crack down on underage users

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The majority of social media platforms have an age limit of 13 years old, but how is this really being regulated?

Instagram is exploring new ways for teenagers to verify their age and comply with platform rules.

The gram is turning to video selfies to crack down on minors editing their date of birth to make them appear over 18.

The Meta-owned app is testing video selfies with facial analysis software as a new age-verification method.

For a U.S. teen who wants to join insta, they will need to upload ID, ask three adult users to vouch for them or take a video selfie.

Meta says it hopes the new methods will ensure teens have an “age-appropriate experience” on the content sharing app.

Video selfies have become a popular way for digital platforms – such as online banking apps – to verify users’ age or identity.

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U.S. firms to pay staff travel expenses for abortions

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Major companies have reassured staff that if they require an abortion, they will cover their travel expenses

Disney, JP Morgan, Amazon and Meta are among the companies to announce similar moves for women.

This comes as millions of US women face restricted access after a landmark ruling by the US Supreme Court overturned the constitutional right to abortion.

A growing number of companies have confirmed they will cover travel costs through their health insurance plans for employees who leave their home state to get an abortion.

Disney employs around 80,000 people at its resort in Florida, where the governor has already signed into law a ban on abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy, which is scheduled to take effect on 1 July.

Banking giant JP Morgan and another leading US investment bank, Goldman Sachs, also said it would cover travel expenses for employees.

Social media company Meta said it intended to reimburse travel expenses where permitted by law.

Other companies which have indicated they will take similar steps include Vogue publisher, jeans brand Levi and ride hailing companies Lyft and Uber.

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