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Uber Eats union wants better accident compensation

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The union also called for broader compensation coverage, as the company currently compensates for injuries only when delivery staff are "on trip" -- namely, traveling to a restaurant to pick up food and finishing deliveries.

Right so when they aren't working they want Uber to cover them "just in case"? It's not like they are on a time clock, and are in effect contracted workers, they should be covering themselves for insurance, and deducting the expenses when they file taxes every year.

Oh and I wonder how many of these accidents were caused by the riders and not someone else?

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A lot of them are reckless swerving in and out of traffic. They are the new Mario cart drivers of tokyo.

they are on a schedule, though, so I can see how they may skip some precautions. However the courier delivery bicycle guys are much more cautious.

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Uber Eats union wants better accident compensation

Is there an app for it?

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they are on a schedule, though, so I can see how they may skip some precautions. 

Right, you can see how they "skip" precautions, but then that makes them 100% liable for any accidents or injuries they incur. They should be charged, like any other "driver" on the road, as they are LEGALLY required to follow the rules of the road like anyone else in a vehicle.

Since they are "working" contracted or otherwise, they should be required to carry liability insurance to cover the costs of ANY accidents. If they dont have it, then they should not be contracted, and if they dont carry any insurance and cause an accident, they should be held criminally negligent!

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Since they are "working" contracted or otherwise, they should be required to carry liability insurance to cover the costs of ANY accidents. If they dont have it, then they should not be contracted

Meanwhile in Silicon Valley, someone orders a bigger yacht.

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Uber Technologies has said its delivery staff are "not workers under the Japanese labor union law but independent contractors.".....

The ruthless unacceptable get out of jail free attitude associated with the race to the bottom gig economy. Cynical bottom line terms and conditions, accompanied by, little or no duty of care.

A woman in her 60s who was injured in an accident with an Uber Eats deliverer said at the press conference she wants the company to consider how compensation can be provided to people hurt in such a situation.

The woman said she was hit by an Uber Eats delivery worker on a bicycle last month on a sidewalk in Tokyo and hospitalized to have surgery for a fracture around her right eye. But she has not received any compensation from the U.S. delivery service operator or the delivery staff.

"The Uber Eats operator just asked me to consult with the insurer that provides the injury compensation program for its delivery staff. It should support victims responsibly," said her husband who also attended the press conference.

This example alone is screaming out for a change in the law.

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Don't see many of them wearing helmets, that would be a good start.

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More than a few I have seen were breaking rules.

The riders should possess liability insurance so a private court action would be a solution?

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My Dad, when a pimply adolescent, his words not mine, got up at sparrow’s puff, completed two paper rounds before school.

Dad, often sites this narrative to harangue today's younger generation Dad describes as cotton wool enshrouded loafers and layabouts.

I despair at Father refusal to acknowledge after forty or so years, working hours, the health and safety environment conditions, welfare facilities have move on. Reflecting a 21st century global market place. To associate/compare the gig economy with a 70s paper round is self-defeating.

Uber Eats must be compelled by law to accept full responsibility, not only for its workforce health and safety, as importantly the public at risk sharing the same pavement, sidewalk with food delivery staff.

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I fear more the heavy electric bike overladen mothers who charge at high speed along sidewalks without a care in the world. My neighborhood in Tokyo is getting worse in that regard and even sidewalks aren't safe for walking.

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I despair at Father refusal to acknowledge after forty or so years, working hours, the health and safety environment conditions, welfare facilities have move on. Reflecting a 21st century global market place. To associate/compare the gig economy with a 70s paper round is self-defeating.

Your dad was in grade school in the 70s?

Man, he's young.

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These Uber delivery people should all have liability insurance and it should be made to prove they have it, and the same goes for anyone riding a bicycle, there should also be some sort identification number so when they clip you and keep riding off they can still be nailed for it.

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Maybe they should wear helmets and actually ride safely, if they're so concerned about accidents.

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I'm a little surprised Uber hasn't ventured into the insurance/ financial planning business. Pretty cut and dry: sign up for uber, sign up for a coverage / compensation plan, ride. Offer 2 or 3 insurance plans ranging from full coverage to work related coverage with an option to opt out, a compensation based on the local or pegged cryptocurrency, and timing schedule of weekly or monthly and call it day. Those who take the cheapest options opt to put themselves at the most risk and keeps the company clean.

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Uber Technologies has said its delivery staff are "not workers under the Japanese labor union law but independent contractors.".....

What's needed here is to make it illegal to routinely hire someone who doesn't have insurance. The key word is "routinely", because that is how you distinguish between what could be casual behaviour, individuals helping each other out and being paid for a favour, and a real-world business relationship that pretending to be something else to get around existing standards and protections. Five paid deliveries in total could be enough to be "routine".

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Frankly I am surprised so many people can afford to order out then pay a hefty delivery fee. I rarely eat out now except for lunch once in a while.

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Do they have visas? I watch them break every road rule when I go to town, but...a girls gotta eat! Maybe they are heroes in vast infected countries, but Japan is low risk.

japanese workers need to leave the office, walk to their favorite lunch place. Or, second choice is diabetes from sitting on your chair all day.

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Wear helmets, stop at stop signs, stop at red lights, ride on the correct side of the road ....

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Joe Blow, Father started paper rounds at 12 (1971).

Dad insists he will be eighteen till shuffling off this mortal coil.

Best Dad in the world.

Dad believes, as a millennial, my generation wants to be insured and compensated against every risk and threat. Which I believe is missing the point.

If a business maintains clear health and safety guidelines, a safe work place will follow suit. The risk of work-related injuries will be kept to a minimum reducing insurance premiums.

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Frankly I am surprised so many people can afford to order out then pay a hefty delivery fee

I wouldn't use them, but a lot of Uber Eats is fast food like McDonalds. I don't mind McDonalds, but only within five minutes of it being prepared.

People would be wiser to stock up on convenience foods than pay to have fast food delivered to their homes. A typical bento seller like Hoka ben simply fries frozen food (karaage, cutlets, or croquettes) for you. Its not a very high bar for doing it yourself.

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When I did food delivery driving back in the states, you showed up at work with your own insurance for your vehicle. Or else you weren't allowed to work that day.

What is this providing garbage?

If these runners don't know how to ride a bike or drive a vehicle, they need to find another profession.

Or get training wheels and a helmet at least.

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I wouldn't use them, but a lot of Uber Eats is fast food like McDonalds.

From the sound of this, you seem to think that Uber Eats is a fast food shop! Oh many McD's have their own delivery service, so you wouldnt need Uber!

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https://www.ubereats.com/jp/location/tokyo

Vast amounts of fast food on there, and that's for Tokyo with all its Michelin stars.

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Perhaps Uber should accept its responsibility to its employees. The so called gig economy has been massively exploited by millionaire Silicon Valley company owners to get away with paying their staff pittance and avoid all social cost of their activities. Purporting that they are self employed.

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Vast amounts of fast food on there, and that's for Tokyo with all its Michelin stars.

you still dont get it, uber eats is just a delivery service, and those places are signed up with them.

uber eats sells ZERO food on their own, they are a delivery service only!

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uber eats sells ZERO food on their own, they are a delivery service only!

I think they present themselves as a platform to connect a poor guy on a bicycle with a rich hungry guy and they take a cut and have absolutely no involvement in the service or food.

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Yes they are a middleman. Just like so many other apps.

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Time uber took, or was held to some sort of responsiblity it takes a huge cut and basically contracts out of any and all obligation care & responsibility , it is great for them and screws everyone else except the lazy person who cant cook, by the time the food arrives its rubbish, steamed in its own sweat, soggy cr@p no matter who good the place you ordered from was is or has been, eat in or screw it.

Sends a bunch of irresponsible idots out on scooters and bicyles peddling like possesed nutcases while staring at their phone app for directions and not watching traffic doing delivery food, recipe for disaster and poor food. And fat lazy people who cant cook.

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