Uber recently announced the introduction of a 12 hours maximum driving shift limit, in an email to NSW drivers, starting November 2017.
12 hours shift driving limit was one of RSDU’s core demands since inception. Following our relentless campaigns, this demand is now being finally implemented. We’ve been pushing for this change since April 2016, Government bodies and Uber have finally taken notice!
We now expect Uber to proceed and implement the 12 hours maximum shift requirement in all other states in Australia, as soon as possible.
This is yet another great RSDU achievement! We are happy to see Uber implementing this change and hope to see them now proceed, follow GoCatch in increasing the base rates to sustainable levels Australia wide.
UPDATE 4/12/2017 – Uber announced this week they are to impose a 12 hours shift limit in Melbourne too, starting 8 December, 2017.
Here are our original letters to Uber April and June 2017 demanding these changes:
- RSDU’s letter to Uber’s new General Manager in Victoria
- Update: Our FWO meeting and recent letter to Uber’s GM in Victoria
Press coverage (at the time) of our 12 hours shift limit demand
- Sydney Morning Herald – Uber strike: Group calls for drivers to ‘log off’ in one-day protest over pay and conditions
“…A published list of demands includes an increase in minimum rates of pay, a limit to the hours a driver can work in a shift…”
Gizmodo – Uber Drivers Strike In Melbourne To Protest Low Pay, Long Hours And Politics
“…the RSDU is asking that Uber place a limit on the maximum number of hours that drivers work per day, capping it at 12 hours. According to the group, “there have been numerous reports about drivers dossing off at the wheel after driving 14+ hour shifts, just to make ends meet and take home minimum pay” — and they’re claiming that Uber holds responsibility to ensure its workers are not fatiguing themselves. The RSDU: “At current base rates, many drivers are now finding themselves having to drive much longer shifts, with no daily limits just so they can make ends meet. Drivers working long 12-16 hour shifts are fast becoming the norm….”