LA Uber Drivers Are Organizing A Boycott, One Passenger At A Time

09 May, 2019, 03:33 | Author: Gerard Cortez
  • Uber And Lyft

The work stoppage comes ahead of Uber's expected IPO (initial public offering) on the New York Stock Exchange on Friday, one of the biggest moves in the company's 10-year history.

WASHINGTON: Rideshare drivers in major USA cities were set to stage a series of strikes and protests Wednesday, casting a shadow over the keenly anticipated Wall Street debut of sector leader Uber.

Many drivers in San Diego are expected to strike throughout the day Wednesday, with picketing and a rally starting at 11 a.m.at Lindbergh Field's Transportation Island at Terminal 1.

The strike was first called by drivers in Los Angeles, who have held protests in recent weeks over a wage restructuring there for Uber drivers, who had their per-mile rates cut by 25 percent.

The drivers are demanding a guaranteed hourly wage of at least $18, or $16 including expenses. "Over 75 percent drive less than 10 hours a week to supplement their existing jobs".

Be ready. Tomorrow (Wednesday, May 8th) Uber and Lyft drivers will go on strike.

In a statement, an Uber spokesperson said "Drivers are at the heart of our service - we can't succeed without them - and thousands of people come into work at Uber every day focused on how to make their experience better, on and off the road". It says companies engaging "on-demand, voucher-based and platform workers" must allow them to refuse work and be paid for canceled work; they must honor workers' right to take jobs with other companies, pay workers to train, and give workers limited probationary periods.

Nevertheless, the new European Union decision rules and Uber's pushback against them indicate two things as Uber prepares to go public: there remain legal and regulatory challenges to the employment arrangement at the heart of Uber's business, and Uber remains firmly dug in on its stance.

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Uber drivers in London and NY started a series of multi-city strikes on Wednesday to protest the disparity between gig-economy conditions and the sums that investors are likely to make in Friday's blockbuster stock market debut. Despite some drivers in New York City logging off between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m., few riders appeared to be complaining on social media about any problems. So that you don't get this world where independent contractors are the "have-nots" and full time employees are the "haves, '" Khosrowshahi said at the Fortune event. In a statement, she predicted the chances of drivers at Uber and Lyft making any headway on their wage demands, even with the threat of labor actions, were slim.

One person who won't be toasting Uber's debut on the public markets is Muhamed Ali, a 48-year-old Londoner who has worked for Uber for the past four years. In the risk section of its filing, the company said: "As we aim to reduce driver incentives to improve our financial performance, we expect driver dissatisfaction will generally increase".

"The first globally coordinated day of action against Uber is to send a loud and clear message that drivers have had enough", Uber driver Rebecca Stack told Gizmodo.

In several other USA cities, drivers plan to strike Wednesday over pay and working conditions.

Going public will put new pressure on Uber to turn a profit.

"Uber (and Lyft) will use some of the proceeds from the IPO will go towards the development of autonomous vehicles".

An Uber spokeswoman said the company was working toward improving wages and benefits for its approximately 3 million drivers worldwide.

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