Following Uber’s failure to respond to our demands and address drivers concerns. Ride Share Drivers United are announcing a further Uber Log-OFF strike to take place 5 September 2018, 6:00am until 10:00am in four countries.
Driver groups from the USA, United Kingdom and New Zealand will be joining our strike action in Australia addressing similar issues in their home countries, in their own standard time zone.
Drivers are encouraged to drive for other ride share operators during the times of the strike, with preference to operators that clearly display a destination address when sending in a booking.
Driver group leaders from countries not mentioned here please contact us for more information on taking part.
Learn more about our activity. RSDU in the press:
What are drivers in Australia demanding
- Uber must stop using “upfront pricing” and revert back to a transparent system where drivers are paid for the actual time and distance traveled, taking into account unexpected traffic conditions, passenger requested stops, and/or occasional road closures, like before. Uber should also treat its “independent contracted partners” accordingly and advise drivers of the destination before they start the trip.
- Uber must provide drivers with an option to opt-out of the UberPool service without penalties. Drivers who choose to take UberPool rides should be better compensated and not the other way around. They should be paid the equivalent of UberX base rates plus at least 20% more as they are required to pick up multiple passengers over multiple stops. We would also like to see Uber address the dangers involved to riders and drivers after instructed by the UberPool system (too often) to pick up multiple riders in illegal pickup zones.
- Uber must increase uberX base rates by at least 15% to make drivers working conditions more sustainable and account for the constant increase in car maintenance and on road costs to drivers.
The problem with “upfront pricing”. Read this article for more information:
↘ It’s official: Uber is in breach of contract with their driver “partners”.
The problem with UberPool. Read this article for more information:
↘ UberPool – a new layer of driver’s exploitation.
More on these problems.
Read this recent ABC special investigation into Upfront pricing and UberPool instigated by RSDU.
↘ Uber accused of ‘wage theft’ by drivers
Uber’s cynical exploitation of drivers continues going unchecked under our Government(s) watchful eyes for a number of years now. The two latest additions, “upfront pricing” and UberPool take the problem to a whole new level, forcing drivers 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. Shortchanged UberPool and “upfront pricing” trips are likely to be financed by your underpaid driver who in most cases takes a major loss on such 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.
Max B. – Ride Share Drivers United
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