Boeing Co, the American manufacturer of the ill-fated Boeing 737 Max plane that recently killed 149 passengers and 8 crew members in Ethiopia, has announced that its controversial plane model may resume flights before the end of 2019.
The company’s Chief Executive Officer, Dennis Muilenburg, is quoted to have disclosed that the company is conducting simulated flights with air-safety regulators, and working toward getting the aircraft model to full service after being cleared by the Federal Aviation Administration.
Boeing has had to update a faulty software (the anti-stall system) which investigators unanimously blamed for both the recent Ethiopian Airline crash in March and an earlier crash involving Indonesian Arline company, Lion Air.
Backstory: It will be recalled that a Nairobi-bound Boeing 737 crashed six minutes after an early-morning takeoff from Addis Ababa on March 10, killing all 157 passengers to record Boeing‘s second crash in only five months making total casualties to stand at 346 combined.
WorldWide Backlash against Boeing: Following the deadly crash earlier this year, many airlines and Governments around the world moved to ground the Boeing 737 MAX. A lot of airlines who already placed orders with Boeing for the delivery of the Boeing 737 MAX decided to cancel their orders. The incident generally impacted negatively on the company’s share price and financials.
Current Situation: Although Boeing has completed the software update for an anti-stall system that has been implicated in the two crashes, it still has a lot of work to do as far as winning back the public’s trust is concerned. The question here is whether air travelers around the world are willing to trust the planes enough to travel in them.
President Biden revokes Trump’s ban for green card applicants in US
Joe Biden has revoked Donald Trump’s order that blocked many green card applicants from entering the US.
The United States President, Joe Biden, on Wednesday, revoked former President Donald Trump’s order that blocked many green card applicants from entering the United States.
Biden rescinded Trump’s proclamation limiting the number of new work visas for temporary foreign workers in the US amid the coronavirus pandemic.
According to a report from Reuters, the order by President Biden was provided by a communication from the White House on Wednesday, February 25, 2021.
Former President Donald Trump had in June 2020, signed the proclamation that suspended certain categories of non-immigrant work visas as part of the effort to revive the US economy and the need to protect US workers amid high unemployment due to the coronavirus pandemic.
However, President Biden rejected that reasoning in a proclamation while rescinding the visa ban and said it had prevented families from reuniting in the United States and harmed US businesses.
He pointed out that the suspension of entry imposed in Proclamation 10014, does not advance the interest of the United States.
What you should know
- The newly sworn US President had pledged to reverse many of Trump’s hardline immigration policies with immigrant advocates recently asking him to lift the visa ban, which was set to expire on March 31.
- The suspension order by former President Donald Trump for a certain category of non-immigrant work visas includes H-1B visas for work in high-tech industries and a range of others for low-skill workers, interns, teachers, and company transfers
- In October, a federal judge in California blocked Trump’s ban on those foreign guest workers as it affected hundreds of thousands of US businesses that fought the policy in court.
UK’s Supreme Court rules that Uber drivers are workers not self employed
UK’s Supreme Court has ruled that Uber drivers be classified as workers rather than self-employed.
The UK’s Supreme Court has ruled that the ride-hailing app firm Uber must classify its drivers as workers rather than self-employed.
Delivering his judgment, Lord Leggatt said that the Supreme Court unanimously dismissed Uber’s appeal that it was an intermediary party and stated that drivers should be considered to be working not only when driving a passenger, but whenever logged in to the app.
By this pronouncement and ruling by the Supreme Court, the ride-hailing app firm, Uber must classify its drivers as workers rather than self-employed, BBC reports.
What they are saying
The former Uber drivers, James Farrar and Yaseen Aslam, who originally won an employment tribunal against the ride-hailing giant in October 2016, told the BBC they were “thrilled and relieved” by the ruling.
Aslam, president of the App Drivers & Couriers Union (ADCU) said,
- “I think it’s a massive achievement in a way that we were able to stand up against a giant.
- “We didn’t give up and we were consistent – no matter what we went through emotionally or physically or financially, we stood our ground.
- “This is a win-win-win for drivers, passengers and cities. It means Uber now has the correct economic incentives not to oversupply the market with too many vehicles and too many drivers”
Aslam claims that Uber’s practices forced him to leave the trade as he couldn’t make ends meet is reconsidering his decision as he returns to driving for the app again, though the process is taking too long.
“It took us six years to establish what we should have got in 2015. Someone somewhere, in the government or the regulator, massively let down these workers, many of whom are in a precarious position”
Farrar, on his own part, highlighted that with fares down 80% due to the pandemic, many drivers have been struggling financially and feel trapped in Uber’s system.
- “We’re seeing many of our members earning £30 gross a day right now. The self-employment grants issued by the government only cover 80% of a driver’s profits, which isn’t even enough to pay for their costs.
- “If we had these rights today, those drivers could at least earn a minimum wage to live on.”
What you should know
- By this decision, tens of thousands of Uber drivers are set to be entitled to minimum wage and holiday pay.
- The proximate implication of this ruling is that Uber could be facing a hefty compensation bill and have wider consequences for the gig economy.
- The gig economy is based on flexible, temporary, or freelance jobs, often involving connecting with clients or customers through an online platform.
- In a long-running legal battle, Uber had appealed to the Supreme Court after losing three earlier rounds.
- The Supreme Court’s ruling that Uber has to consider its drivers “workers” from the time they log on to the app, until they log off is seen as a key point.
Uber drivers typically spend time waiting for people to book rides on the app. Previously, the firm had said that if drivers were found to be workers, then it would only count the time during journeys when a passenger is in the car.
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