When, where, and why will there be an Uber strike in the UK this week?
The organization representing Uber drivers is preparing a big strike this week in order to demand greater wages and worker rights. Everything you need to know is right here.
Uber drivers are preparing a 24-hour strike across the UK this week as the country grapples with new transport problems as a result of chronic gasoline shortages. Users should “turn off the app” and “join the demonstration” planned in London, according to the United Private Hire Drivers (UPHD) union, which represents drivers.
On Wednesday, October 6, the strike is scheduled to last for 24 hours.
This is the second round of recent action, following a drivers’ strike on September 28.
The UPHD, on the other hand, did not support the previous strike, which was led by the App Drivers and Couriers Union (ADCU).
The UPHD, the drivers’ wing of the Independent Workers’ Union of Great Britain (IWGB), is urging everyone in the UK to join in on October 6 by turning off the app.
This means that large cities like London, Cardiff, Edinburgh, and Leeds, which all have Uber, may face driver shortages.
From 11 a.m., people are also urged to join the protest outside Uber’s office in London’s Aldgate Tower.
Why are Uber drivers going on strike?
Drivers have demanded the following in a list of demands issued by the UPHD:
Uber has recently come under fire for allegedly failing to enforce a court order to pay waiting time, which it claims accounts for about 40% of an Uber driver’s working time, and for allegedly unfairly dismissing a huge number of drivers, according to unions.
Yaseen Aslam, president of ADCU, stated following the strike action last week: “It is disgraceful that Uber continues to disobey the highest court in the land in order to defraud 70,000 workers of 40% of their genuine working time.
“The drivers are well aware that they are entitled to far more than Uber provides.
“This strike is just the beginning; there will be a lot more discontent until Uber does the right thing and pays all of the money owed to drivers, including pension payments and working time.”