Sunday, 18 November, 2018

Uber drivers across Australia protest against below minimum wage pay

Uber Drivers Held A Snap Strike This Morning In Protest Of Pay Conditions Why you will struggle to catch an Uber this morning
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"We also can't forget the crushing financial and emotional hardship drivers of all types face".

A large trailer parked outside of the Taxi and Limousine Commission office in Queens beckons drivers inside.

The terribly low incomes of Uber drivers are key to Uber's escalated market value the report suggested.

Taxi and Uber drivers compete on the streets for passengers, but they find common ground on the cap.

"If they really wanted to help the owner-drivers who are facing financial hardship, they could still do that on their own, but it's not going to affect how we arrive at a public-policy solution", Johnson said.

It is their economic despair - underscored by six driver suicides in recent months - that has prompted the City Council to consider legislation this week to cap ride-hailing vehicles in the city and set a minimum pay rate for drivers. The city is also unique in the United States for regulating app-based companies as for-hire vehicles such as black auto limousines, Post said.

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There is "resounding support" for the cap among drivers, said Bhairavi Desai, executive director of the New York Taxi Workers Alliance, a group that represents many taxi and Uber drivers. The drivers are protesting against the company for adding features that are created to further underpay and shortchange them. It's supposed to give the city time to study the impact of companies like Uber and Lyft on congestion. With no new vehicles joining the app, Uber drivers say they will have less competition and could spend more of their day carrying passengers instead of driving around in an empty auto.

"I believe, like many people in the industry, it will hurt the majority of the drivers", he said.

The one-year cap would allow unlimited additional permits for wheelchair-accessible cars and exceptions in the event that data show certain neighborhoods require additional cab service.

De Blasio, a second-term Democrat, supports the legislation.

"The issue we raise is countrywide and mostly in Melbourne and Sydney", said Max, spokesman for the group.

"Put simply, the lawsuit aims to demonstrate how Uber's arrival has directly led to a loss of earnings for London black cab drivers".

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