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Uber drivers stage UK strikes over pay and conditions

Uber drivers are staging strikes in several UK cities in a protest over pay and working conditions.
"Hundreds" of drivers are expected to switch off their apps from 1pm, making themselves unavailable for work, union organisers said.
Protests are also being held outside the ride-hailing app's offices in London, Nottingham and Birmingham.
Uber defended its pay record, saying it had rolled out numerous benefits for employees in the last few months.
The rallies are being organised by The United Private Hire Drivers (UPHD) branch of the Independent Workers Union of Great Britain (IWGB).
It is demanding a fare increase to £2 a mile, a reduction in commission paid by drivers to Uber, and an end to what it calls "unfair" driver deactivations.
The IWGB is also calling on Uber to honour an employment tribunal verdict in 2016 which rejected the ride-hailing app's claim that drivers are self-employed and not entitled to minimum wage or paid holidays.
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