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Uber drivers will have labor rights in the UK

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São Paulo – Uber drivers must have labor rights guaranteed by the company, such as minimum wages and paid holidays. The decision is from the UK Supreme Court, denying an appeal by Uber against the British Labor Court, which had secured the rights, in 2016.

Six Supreme Court judges unanimously handed down the decision. According to the magistrates, any attempt by organizations to write artificial contracts, such as that applied by Uber, with the aim of circumventing basic protections is “null and unenforceable”. They claimed that the terms imposed by the app “prevented the driver from claiming workers’ rights under applicable law.”

British newspaper The Guardian, the secretary general of the UK app drivers union, James Farrar, said the decision would end the frequent exploitation of workers through algorithmic and contract tricks. “Uber drivers have a false dream of endless flexibility and business freedom. The reality has been illegally low wages, dangerously long hours and intense digital surveillance, ”he said.

Frances O’Grady, secretary general of the Trades Union Congress, the UK’s national union, welcomed the decision. “No company is above the law. Uber must follow the rules and stop denying drivers basic labor rights. Fraudulent self-employment exploits people and allows companies to shy away from paying their fair share of taxes, ”he said. The Guardian.

Uber will not be able to launch new features against the decision. However, the company claims that the decision applies to only a small number of workers directly involved in the case, who have claimed their rights, and that it is not required to apply to all drivers.

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Argentina extends border closure with Brazil

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Opera Mundi – Argentina decided on Sunday (28) to extend the deadline for closing air and land borders with Brazil until March 12, extending the previous decree that determined that they should reopen as of this Monday (1st) ).

Argentine health authorities considered it necessary to maintain the blockade at the borders and a 50% reduction in flights between the two countries.

The country is also closed to foreigners from other neighboring countries and the United Kingdom. Only Argentineans or residents can enter.

According to the Minister of Health, Carla Vizzotti, the measure is taken “in a preventive manner until knowledge about the new Brazilian variant of the virus deepens”.

Brazil has been experiencing the worst moment of the covid-19 pandemic in recent weeks. The moving average of deaths in the last seven days broke a new record and reached 1,180. With 50,840 new diagnoses registered in one day, the number of cases in the country is already over 10.5 million.

Vaccination in Argentina

While seeing its neighbor in the worst scenario of the pandemic, Argentina is advancing in vaccination against covid-19. There are already more than 903 thousand doses applied.

This week, the Argentine laboratory Richmond announced a partnership with the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) to start producing the Sputnik V vaccine nationwide.

On the night of last Friday (26), Argentina received 96 thousand doses of the Sinopharm vaccine against covid-19. According to the Minister of Health, these doses have already started to be distributed on Saturday.

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