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Uber to compensate drivers quarantined with coronavirus

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Uber says it will compensate its drivers who are diagnosed with coronavirus or need to be isolated, after the ride share giant unveiled a global scheme.

Uber says it will compensate its drivers who are diagnosed with coronavirus or need to be isolated, after the ride share giant unveiled a global scheme.

The company told Nine.com.au its Australian drivers can apply for 14 days of compensation through the driver app. It also applies to Uber Eats delivery drivers.

To qualify for compensation, drivers will need to be requested by a public health professional to self-isolate, removed from the app at the advice of a public health authority, or diagnosed with the coronavirus.

"We are supporting drivers and delivery people who are diagnosed with COVID-19 or placed in quarantine by a public health authority. People in these situations will receive compensation for a period of up to 14 days. We believe this is the right thing to do," an Uber Australia spokesman said.

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Uber does not consider its drivers as employees, so they are not eligible for sick leave and other benefits.

However, the multinational says it is taking steps to ensure the health and safety of its predominantly casual workforce.

"Drivers and delivery people are receiving in-app messages reminding them of basic steps they can take to help prevent the spread of the virus which draws on advice from public health authorities," the spokesperson said.

"We are always working to help ensure the safety of everyone on the Uber platform and have formed a dedicated global team of Uber operations, security and safety executives, guided by the advice of a consulting public health expert, to respond as needed in each market where we operate around the world."

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Compensation for Uber drivers and other casual workers who have to undergo quarantine was discussed at yesterday's meeting between the Federal Government, business executives and trade unions.

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Unions want the government to compensate Australia's 3.3 million casual workers who don't get paid sick leave if they have to self-isolate for up to two weeks.

The workers are mainly in the retail, hospitality, health and aged care sectors.

Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/national/uber-to-compensate-coronavirus-quarantine-drivers-gig-economy-rider-apps/1ac90661-6f03-4dcd-a018-5011ea8c755f

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