Drivers of Uber in London are getting ready to take industrial action on Wednesday in the midst of disturbing swamps and weeks of motorists struggling for fuel.
Riders & drivers are being urged to turn off the app in a demonstration against present working situations and pay.
The organisers of the strike, the United Private Hire Drivers Union, encouraged the public to back the protest which is set for 11 am in east London.
The demonstration will occur outside the offices of Uber in Aldgate. However, the union proposed that some attending the demonstration should congregate close to the Asda branch.
“Switch off the Uber app for 24 hours on 6 Oct. Join the protest outside Uber’s Office at Aldgate Tower, E1 8QN from 11 am. If coming with a car, meet before at 10 am at Stepney Green ASDA to then drive over together.” they urged via Twitter.
Uber has been urged by The United Private Hire Drivers Union to give the drivers a greater rate to reduce its commission and to do away with fixed-price journeys.
Also, the union has criticised Uber for unfair terminations and also need an end to the firm’s use of facial identification technology.
In recent weeks, Uber has been hit by strikes. Uber operators are represented by various unions and the App Driver and Couriers Union had protested in cities around the country the previous week. This includes Bristol, Manchester, Glasgow and Birmingham with a related tactic of dodging the use of the service for 24 hrs.
According to them, Uber has failed to perform a court-ordered compensation for waiting periods, which they maintain makes up around 40% of the whole time run by the drivers of uber.
“It is shameful that Uber continues to defy the highest court in the land to cheat 70,000 workers out of pay for 40 per cent of their true working time,” says Yaseen Aslam, President of the App Drivers and Couriers Union.
“The drivers know they deserve and are legally entitled to much more than Uber is offering. This strike is just the beginning and there will be much more unrest until Uber does the right thing and pays drivers all that they are owed, both pension contributions and working time.”
James Farrar, General Secretary of the App Drivers and Couriers Union also stated that Uber has maintained to increase its use of trash monitoring tech and algorithmic supervision control to increase profits.
“The results have been catastrophic, with hundreds of people unfairly dismissed and accused of unspecified ‘fraudulent activity,” he said.
But Uber maintains that it’s cooperating with drivers to ensure better levels for drivers and that acknowledging trade Union GMB has reinforced driver safety.