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Staring down the barrel of a landmark judgment on its workers' status, Uber folds

Staring down the barrel of a landmark judgment on its workers' status, Uber folds

The ridesharing and delivery giant's arguments that it was not the legal employer of its workers were met with derision by Federal Court judges. It settled shortly after the hearing, avoiding the potential cost of paying a minimum wage.

  • by Nick Bonyhady

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Why Frances McDormand chose director Chloe Zhao to tell the Nomadland story

Why Frances McDormand chose director Chloe Zhao to tell the Nomadland story

The Oscar-winner detected “a real connection to the cycle of human life” in the work of the Beijing-born filmmaker.

  • by Stephanie Bunbury
The companies growing in Uber's shade

The companies growing in Uber's shade

Entrepreneurs are betting they can make it big by filling gaps in the largely unregulated food delivery industry which has seen a spate of deaths.

  • by Nick Bonyhady
Delivery industry players agree on driver safety push

Delivery industry players agree on driver safety push

Unions stressed that pay should be included in conversations about safety while companies emphasised broader road safety issues.

  • by Nick Bonyhady
Food delivery levy proposed to pay for workers' comp for the gig economy

Food delivery levy proposed to pay for workers' comp for the gig economy

It is among proposals that will be considered by the NSW government during a public consultation period early next year, which will explore ways to protect gig economy workers when they are injured or die

  • by Lucy Cormack and Nick Bonyhady
Uber Elevate sale set to put plans for 1000 Melbourne flying taxis on ice

Uber Elevate sale set to put plans for 1000 Melbourne flying taxis on ice

Uber's sale of its aviation division has raised questions about its plans for up to 1000 commercial flying taxis in Melbourne from 2023.

  • by Cara Waters
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'Ridiculous and dangerous': the hard road to safety in the gig economy

'Ridiculous and dangerous': the hard road to safety in the gig economy

The deaths of five food delivery riders nationally in just two months has for the first time led to agreement between food delivery companies, politicians and unions that safety needs to improve.

  • by Anna Patty
COVID pressure helps Uber tighten grip on local ridesharing

COVID pressure helps Uber tighten grip on local ridesharing

The coronavirus pandemic is squeezing the ride share market in Australia with US giant Uber's rivals - Ola and Didi - scrambling to stay afloat.

  • by Cara Waters
Uber rival Ola cuts operations fanning fears it may leave Australia

Uber rival Ola cuts operations fanning fears it may leave Australia

The Indian ride sharing company Ola has closed some of its Australian operations and made most of its local staff redundant.

  • by Cara Waters
Danger for delivery: Cyclists put their lives at risk for your convenience
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Danger for delivery: Cyclists put their lives at risk for your convenience

The daily risks faced by delivery riders reveals our society’s valuing of convenience over the safety of vulnerable workers.

  • by Jade Harward
University moves to protect food delivery riders after five killed on roads

University moves to protect food delivery riders after five killed on roads

As tech giants are attacked for failing to protect their army of Australian delivery riders, an international student advocate who witnessed 'a stream of critical incidents' decided to act.

  • by Wendy Tuohy