Uber drivers set for 12 hour app strike on expected IPO launch day to highlight poor working conditi


Uber drivers in a reported seven US cities plan to strike for 12 hours to highlight alleged poor working conditions and below minimum wages on the app. According to Gig Workers Rising there are concerns that drivers are paid poorly and don’t receive enough workers benefits.

The protests will start on 8th May when Uber launch its anticipated stock market offering believed to be priced between $44 and $50 per share. Shona Clarkson from from the organisers of the strike, Gig Workers Rising, told The Guardian: “Uber's much-anticipated IPO will put millions into the pockets of executives, but the drivers who are the core of the service of the company will get nothing,"  Drivers from the American drivers organisation are standing up to demand a fair return on the billions they make for Uber and Lyft in the return for the following:

  • Living wage: Uber and Lyft must pay drivers a livable hourly rate (after expenses).

  • Transparency: Clear policies on wages, tips, fare breakdowns and deactivations.

  • Benefits: Such as disability, workers comp, retirement, health care, death benefits, and paid time off.

  • Voice at work: A recognized independent worker organization, the freedom to stand together without fear of retaliation and a fair and transparent process for deactivations.

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