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Ola, Uber drivers work in ‘toxic and isolated’ environments, for extremely long hours: Report

People working for ride hailing services like Uber and Ola work in a “very toxic and isolated work environment”, a report released by labour unions on the health hazards faced in course of such work highlighted. The report suggested that the toll that it takes on drivers' physical health manifests in body aches, stomach problems, among others, due to irregular food routine, and sleep deprivation, as most drivers end up driving for more than fifteen hours a day. Compounding these ailments, the report showed that an overwhelming majority of these drivers don’t have basic health coverage, even as they claim that the companies they drive for continue to shy away from their responsibilities towards drivers’ welfare. The report was prepared by labour unions Indian Federation of App-based Taxi workers (IFAT), and the International Transport Workers Federation. The findings were based on…

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