Uber drivers call for strike TOMORROW: Taxi drivers set to deactivate taxi app
Uber drivers call for strike TOMORROW: workers set to shut down taxi app in a row on wages … sparking nightmare for thousands already affected by oil crisis
- United Private Hire Drivers union strikes over driver pay and rights
- He urges motorists to deactivate the app and visit Uber offices in Aldgate
- The taxi industry has been hit hard by gasoline shortages, as have passengers
Uber drivers go on strike tomorrow, causing further havoc in London transport.
Taxis using the app must turn it off tomorrow before driving to protest in the capital.
Organizers of the United Private Hire Drivers union want them to meet at an Asda branch before going en masse to agents at Uber’s Aldgate Tower.
Uber and other taxis have suffered in recent weeks due to gasoline shortages which in turn have seen fares rise.
The UPHB said: “Turn off the Uber app for 24 hours on October 6.
‘Join the protest outside Uber’s office at Aldgate Tower, E1 8QN from 11am.
United Private Hire Drivers announced the strike on their Twitter profile this morning
The missing fuel in the pumps was caused by a shortage of truck drivers available to store them
Union wants strike to go to Uber officers in Aldgate, London, tomorrow
“If you are coming with a car, meet by 10am at Stepney Green ASDA and then drive together.”
There have already been strikes over issues such as wages and allegations that workers are being unfairly sacked.
Members of the Drivers and Couriers Union (ADCU) App last week staged protests in London, Bristol, Birmingham, Nottingham, Sheffield, Manchester, Leeds and Glasgow, and urge people not to use the service during the walkout 24 hours.
The union accused the company of failing to implement a court ruling regarding payment for waiting time, which it says accounts for around 40% of an Uber driver’s working time, and claims that a large number of drivers are unfairly dismissed.
Uber insisted it was working with unions to raise standards for drivers.
The union also disagrees with the introduction of fixed tariffs which it says have resulted in reduced income for drivers.
Yaseen Aslam, President of ADCU, said: “It is shameful that Uber continues to challenge the highest court in the country to deprive 70,000 workers of their wages for 40% of their actual working time.
Cars line up at a Tesco garage at Frien Barnet in London last week during fuel shortages
A truck with a digital display announcing an Uber strike on September 26 in Brighton last week
“Drivers know they deserve and are legally entitled to more than what Uber offers.
“This strike is just the start and there will be a lot more unrest until Uber does the right thing and pays the drivers everything they are owed, both pension contributions and the work time.”
Secretary General James Farrar added: “Uber has continued to intensify its use of spam surveillance technology and algorithmic management control to maximize profits.
“The results were catastrophic, with hundreds of people unfairly dismissed and charged with unspecified ‘fraudulent activity’.
“Instead of trying to prevent unions from exposing flaws in their technology, Uber should instead guarantee all drivers protection against unfair dismissal and the right to access a proper and humane appeal process. “
A spokesperson for Uber said: “Following the historic union recognition deal with GMB, drivers have an even stronger voice within Uber.
“We are working with our union partner to raise standards for drivers through greater transparency and engagement.
“GMB represents drivers in areas such as income, deactivations and the implementation of new benefits, such as paid leave and pensions.”
Uber officially recognized the GMB earlier this year, saying the union could represent up to 70,000 Uber drivers across the UK.
Uber announced in March that 70,000 drivers would be treated like workers, earning at least the national living wage, with paid time off. Eligible individuals will automatically be enrolled in a pension plan.