Following Uber’s failure to respond to our demands, Ride Share Drivers United are announcing a further 2 hours Log-OFF strike this coming Wednesday, 22/8/2018 from 3:00pm until 5:00pm.
We are calling on all drivers to switch OFF their Uber driver app and refrain from taking Uber bookings between the hours of 3:00PM until 5:00PM on that day (Wednesday 22 August 2018 ). Drivers are encouraged to continue taking bookings from all other rideshare operators during the time of the strike, operators which (unlike Uber) do not use predatory pricing tactics like “Upfront pricing” or pool and clearly show the destination address to the driver when sending in a booking.
This is a national Uber strike with drivers in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide, and Hobart taking part.
Uber, a multibillion dollar corporation, holding close to 90% of the ride share market in Australia continue to exploit, shortchange, cheat and lie to drivers under our Government(s) watchful eyes. Dragging the entire ride share industry in a fast race to the bottom.
Drivers have had enough! More strikes are coming soon unless Uber respond to our demands within the next 10 working days.
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What are drivers 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
Read this recent article on TheAge (and Sydney Morning Herald)
↘ Uber accused of ‘wage theft’ by drivers
Uber’s cynical exploitation of drivers continues going unchecked under our Government(s) watchful eyes for more than 3 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 like the Fair Work Australia or ACCC, bodies supposedly responsible to ensure such mass scale exploitation of workers is not allowed in this country.
The RSDU will continue to submit information to Fair Works Ombudsman in hope of a faster turnaround to this obviously burning matter. We have been advised recently by the FWO (a day after our last strike) the investigation into Uber is in progress and further background work has been recently completed. The FWO also noted recent changes to the ‘Uber’ model, as highlighted in our strike action. These include fee structure changes like ‘upfront pricing’ and the introduction of new services such as ‘uberPOOL’. The investigation (started by Ride Share Drivers United in June 2017) into Uber is ongoing and we encourage all drivers involved and affected by upfront pricing or/and UberPool to forward the information to your inspector(s) and seek answers.
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 in Australia. Government(s) should now fast track these issues at least as fast as their introduction of new vehicle hire and licensing requirements and GST liabilities (from first dollar) 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 this coming Wednesday 22/8/2018 – 3:00pm until 5:00pm.
Low unsustainable base fares help Uber control over 90% of the ride share market in Australia 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 this coming Wednesday (22 August, 2018, 3pm until 5pm). 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, 22/8/2018 from 3:00pm until 5:00pm.
Drive safe at all times.
Max B. – Ride Share Drivers United
Update: Strike has ended successfully with an estimated 16,000 drivers from all around the country taking part and switching OFF their Uber app from 3 to 5pm, 22/8/2018. Click here to read post strike members address.
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