Uber sued over employee status in Nigeria

9 Nov 2017

Uber drivers in Lagos, Nigeria have initiated a class action suit against Uber, arguing that they are entitled to employee benefits from Uber. It is also claimed in the suit that ‘by virtue of the nature of the defendant’s control over the claimants and members of their class, they are not meant to be classified as independent contractors’, and that the company should also provide its drivers with health insurance and pension benefits.

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The impact of the Internet on businesses and the global economy has been crucial in shaping new economic models, and at the same time, raising new concerns.

The Internet is one of the primary drivers of economic growth, which is visible in many countries that have placed the development of ICT as one of the primary tools for boosting the economy.

Historically, telecommunications, broadcasting, and other related areas were separate industry segments; they used different technologies and were governed by different regulations.

It is frequently mentioned that the Internet is changing the way in which we work. ICTs have blurred the traditional routine of work, free time, and sleep (8+8+8 hours), especially in multinational corporation working environment. It is increasingly difficult to distinguish where work starts and where it ends. These changes in working patterns may require new labour legislation, addressing such issues as working hours, the protection of labour interests, and remuneration.

 

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