Ride Share Drivers United in conjunction with RDN (NZ) are announcing an Uber Log-OFF Strike to take place 5th September 2018, 6:00am until 10:00am.
Driver groups from AUS, NZ, USA and UK will be joining our strike action addressing similar issues in their home countries.
Drivers are encouraged to drive for other ride share operators during the times of the strike, with preference to operators that clearly display the destination address when sending in a booking.
Uber keeps using the term “driver partners” to describe it’s drivers. Partnership implies a share in the business and the ability to have input in decision making. In reality, there is no consultation before Uber often implement major changes which directly impacts drivers.
Uber occasionally provide drivers with “round table” meetings. They also perform random surveys, but as any driver would tell you, these are all just a media PR spin and are never followed through. Drivers feedback is constantly being ignored while drivers are often being forced to sign new unacceptable contract terms. All under a false “independent partner” classification.
Uber also claim that driver partners earn $35 per hour on job seekers websites when the reality is more like $20-25 per hour on average (excluding costs) and from current trends, projected to go downwards significantly due to constant increases in petrol prices.
What are drivers in New Zealand demanding
- Drivers want job security and good will in a business that they presumably “run and own”.
- Uber’s unfair, ruthless deactivation policy must stop. Drivers have been taken of the app mid-shift based on a customer complaint. The driver is presumed to be guilty!.
- Drivers must be given guidance regarding their Tax liabilities while driving for Uber. Drivers are being misclasified as self employed while being treated as employees to avoid paying them fair work entitlements.
- Drivers take home well below minimum wage after expenses. Uber must increase base rates by at least 20% to make drivers working conditions more sustainable and account for the constant increase in car maintenance and on road costs to drivers.
Uber’s cynical exploitation of drivers continues going unchecked under our Government(s) watchful eyes for a number of years now. Drivers are often forced to agree to unacceptable unfair contract terms and no way of opting-out without being deactivated, all under a false “independent contractor” classification.
The question anyone must ask is what our Government is doing about that? Especially the Government bodies supposedly responsible to ensure such mass scale exploitation of workers is not allowed in this country.
We are calling on our Government(s) to fast track and do more in the form of legislation and introduction of drivers caps or minimum pay per KM to drivers to ensure the future and sustainability of the ride share industry. Government(s) should now fast track these issues at least as fast as their introduction of new vehicle hire and licensing requirements to drivers. Driver working conditions should not have been ignored for so long!
Call for the public to support this strike
We are also calling on the public to support us in our fight for fair working conditions and to refrain from booking an Uber Wednesday 5 September 2018 – 6:00am until 10:00am.
Low unsustainable base fares help Uber control large portion of the ride share market in Australia, NZ, USA, UK and fend off viable competition. “Cheap” Uber fares are likely to be financed by your underpaid driver who in most cases takes a loss on many trips. Don’t let Uber do it to drivers just like you wouldn’t like it being done to you at your own place of work.
Drivers, please spread the news at every opportunity.
We call on drivers to do their part and spread the news of this strike to other drivers they meet at popular gathering places like the Airport etc. Don’t forget to share this page on any social media platform you are a member of.
Be the change you want to see and switch off your Uber driver app on Wednesday (5th September, 2018, 6:00am until 10:00am). Yes you are likely to see or hear about drivers who chose to do otherwise, maybe because they are new to Uber, or maybe because they did not hear about the strike or simply decided not to take part. Don’t let that influence your own decisions.
Drivers! Collectively you are not as powerless as you think you are. Stay united! Stay strong! Switch OFF your Uber app Wednesday, 5 September 2018 from 6:00am until 10:00am.
Drive safe at all times.
Ride Share Drivers United
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