Mar 11, 2020

Coronavirus: Uber to suspend accounts of affected drivers

Uber will suspend the accounts of drivers and delivery people affected by coronavirus - but has offered financial assistance to help them cope. Some drivers had already received help, Uber said, adding it was "Working to quickly implement this worldwide". The number of coronavirus cases continues to rise globally, with more than 10,000 in Italy, more than 1,000 in the US and 456 in the UK. Self-isolating employees in the UK can access statutory sick pay from the first day they are off - but it is unclear if or how this applies to gig-economy workers, such as those who work through Uber. In guidance published online, the company said: "We may temporarily suspend the accounts of riders or drivers confirmed to have contracted or been exposed to Covid-19.". Earlier this week, the United Private Hire Drivers union told BBC News: "Without access to worker rights such as minimum wage and sick pay, drivers who are infected may simply not be able to afford to stop working."

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