Uber goes to British court today to defend business model over UK worker rights; CEO says will preserve flexibility of contracts
Rights at firms such as Uber, fellow taxi service Addison Lee and food courier Deliveroo have risen up the political agenda in Britain as more people work for companies without fixed hours or a guaranteed income.
London was the top destination for technology investment in 2017; accounting for about 80% of total investment in Britain
Technology firms in London attracted $3.3 billion in venture capital funding in 2017, about 80 percent of the $4.01 billion invested in Britain as a whole.
Uber currently classifies its around 50,000 drivers in Britain as self-employed, affording them only basic entitlements.
Taxi app Uber will improve conditions for its British drivers with changes including in-app tipping, after criticism for not giving them more rights.
Britons working in the "gig economy" for firms such as Uber and takeaway food courier Deliveroo deserve more rights said a government-commissioned report.
After three decades running McDonald's Corp restaurants, Tony Plunkett thought he knew everything about flipping burgers for a profit, and last year went out on his own with a start-up franchise in the Australian city of Melbourne.