Nigeria's ride-hailing drivers' union has made a pragmatic decision after facing objections to its formal registration. The union, previously known as the Amalgamated Union of App-Based Transport Workers Of Nigeria (AUATWON), has dropped the contentious term "workers" from its name and is now called the Amalgamated Union of App-based Transporters of Nigeria (AUATON). The change follows objections from ride-hailing companies Uber and Bolt, which argued that drivers cannot form trade unions as they are classified as independent contractors rather than employees. Despite the change, the drivers consider it a victory as AUATON will still represent their interests and rights effectively. The union's leaders hope for collaboration between app companies and drivers to improve working conditions and earnings in the gig economy.
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