Following Uber failure to meet our full list of demands by the deadline, RSDU is now calling all members and any Uber driver in Melbourne/Victoria and announcing the following actions:
Log-OFF this Tuesday 2/5/2017 from 6:30AM until 5:00PM
Log-OFF this Wednesday 3/5/2017 from 1:00PM until 5:00PM
in protest over our poor pay and working conditions, safety concerns and Uber failure to fully comply with our demands.
As stated in our letter, we expected Uber to fully comply with our list of demands on or before the deadline of Friday 28/4/2017. Uber did not comply. Base rates remained unchanged at same low, unsustainable, loss making levels to date.
Following Uber’s failure to address our demands and raise the rates by the deadline, Ride Share Drivers United are now beginning to intensify and prolong disruptions to Uber service in Melbourne in the coming weeks until our demands are fully met.
We are calling on all RSDU members and all other Uber drivers in Melbourne to join us and Log-OFF this Tuesday 2/5/2017 from 6:30AM until 5:00PM as well as Log-OFF this Wednesday 3/5/2017 from 1:00PM until 5:00PM in protest over our poor pay and working conditions, safety concerns and Uber failure to fully comply with our demands.
As we’ve previously stated, RSDU does not believe in individual driver “round-table meetings” with Uber. RSDU is of the opinion that these meetings have already proven to be just a way to mark and “put under control” vocal drivers, break up any chance of drivers unionization, provide lip service to the media and buy more time while Uber continue to illegally exploit cheap labor. Uber already have considerable amounts of feedback from drivers going back more than a year, complaints about unsustainable base fare rates in particular. Yet they have failed to act on any of it and lift the base fare rates to meet drivers’ urgent demands.
Uber drivers are being exploited nationwide, to an even greater extent. Fares have been cut by as much as 30% percent in some cities, and while Uber has guaranteed this will actually lead to higher earnings for drivers, the opposite has proven to be true—with current low fare base rates drivers are reporting they’re making as little as $11.00 per hour after expenses, before income tax or superannuation. Well below the minimum wage in Australia.
Drivers! Remember, unity is our only leverage when it comes to dealing with companies like Uber and to getting our message across to our Government. With current unsustainable fare rates in Melbourne, a “sweatshop” is being run under everyone’s noses for almost a year and our Government departments ( The Federal and Victorian Governments and the Fair Work Commission) are very quiet on this topic.
RSDU believe it is in drivers’ best interest, even duty, to collectively work together towards changing this situation, demanding fair working conditions and pay. These are the basics when it comes to ensuring a healthy, sustainable ride sharing industry in this country and are non negotiable. The exploitation of cheap labor must immediately be looked at closely and fixed.
Drivers, our fight is justified and may take some time before we can see a considerable change in Uber’s attitude towards us, their “partner drivers”. Our fight is to ensure that our poor working conditions are well and truly heard and looked at before any ride share legislation is being passed in this state. We therefore call on all drivers to do their part, unite and stick together this coming Tuesday 2/5/2017 from 6:30AM until 5:00PM as well as Log-OFF Wednesday 3/5/2017 from 1:00PM until 5:00PM for the greater cause and benefit for us all. For a viable and fair Ride Share service in Victoria, for both drivers and passengers, for years to come.
Drivers, remember: It’s Your car! Your time! Your investment! Your Rules!
Uber driver, Log-OFF Tuesday 2/5/2017 from 6:30AM until 5:00PM and then Wednesday 3/5/2017 from 1:00PM until 5:00PM is your chance to stand firm for your rights and have your say together with thousands of other Melbourne Uber drivers.
Join us on these days and Log OFF. Let’s all stand together and let Uber management and our Victorian and Federal Government departments hear our message loud and clear, enough is enough!
This is a list of our demands (click here for more info). RSDU intends to intensify and prolong service disruptions in the coming weeks until Uber meets our full list of demands.
Thank you for your support. Only together can we make a difference!
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RSDU is deeply concerned by modern age wage exploitation and the dangers is poses to our society. We are committed to helping RideShare drivers from all around the world. Please contact us should you wish to start getting organised and start a collective action in your home country/state.