Published: Thu, May 09, 2019
Markets | By Erika Turner

Here's Why Uber Drivers Around The World Are Going On Strike Today

Here's Why Uber Drivers Around The World Are Going On Strike Today

Thanks to attractive cash incentives offered as Uber lured drivers in one of its biggest markets outside the United States, Raut's monthly earnings jumped to $1,280 (roughly Rs. 89,000).

Among the drivers' demands in LA are a 10 percent cap on commissions taken by Uber and Lyft, hourly minimum pay, and fare breakdowns on passenger receipts that show the companies' take.

Adding to the fire: a field of presidential candidates eager to point out the vast inequalities between the people running Uber and the drivers working for them. And in New York City, there is a two-hour strike planned from 7 am ET to 9 am ET, which are busy commuting hours.

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

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Uber, however, expects their driver dissatisfaction problem to only get worse.

Lyft's rate increased from about 17 percent in 2016 to about 29 percent at the end of 2018, but includes the company's rentable bikes and scooters, according to its SEC filing. Whether you're a serious investor or just want to be informed, Bagels & Stox will be your favorite email.

Lyft is the second-largest ride-hailing service behind Uber - set to make its own stock market debut this week.

"This is an act of solidarity with drivers across the country, and really across the world, who are suffering with poverty wages", said Bhairavi Desai, executive director of the New York Taxi Workers Alliance, which is helping organize thousands of drivers in New York. But that number is certainly in dispute: According to an analysis from the think tank Economic Policy Institute, the actual wage drivers take home is much less.

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Uber, in a prepared statement, said it is constantly working to improve the working environment for drivers. Uber does not consider its drivers to be employees, and so provides them with no insurance, or sick and holiday pay.

Lyft and Uber drivers around the world are striking on Wednesday to protest low pay, arbitrary terminations, and other concerns.

Outside of the United States, drivers across Australia and the United Kingdom say they'll be joining in with the Thursday shut down as well.

But there appears to be no easy way to satisfy both drivers' calls for higher wages, and investors' demands that Uber eventually make money. "I stand with the Uber and Lyft drivers going on strike on May 8".

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

Uber has acknowledged the risk of unhappiness among its drivers. The group is asking its 4,400 Los Angeles-area members to participate in a 24-hour work stoppage and plans to picket Los Angeles International Airport and hold a noon rally "where drivers will speak about the impact of withering wages (and) other abuses inflicted by Uber and Lyft as both companies launch their IPOs".

In a statement to Post, Uber 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".

The Boston Independent Drivers Guild is calling on drivers to gather outside an Uber office in Saugus to protest on Wednesday afternoon. These drivers work as independent contractors, which means they're not entitled to the benefits and labor protections that full employees would be.

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