Uber & Lyft Drivers Set To Strike On Wednesday, May 8

Ann Santiago
Мая 9, 2019

Uber and Lyft have been in tight competition for years, and driver compensation has suffered because of it, said Barbara Lloyd, co-founder of Chicago Rideshare Advocates, the group organizing Wednesday's efforts.

"Uber and Lyft wrote in their S-1 filings that they think they pay drivers too much already".

Strikes are scheduled for Wednesday in major U.S. cities, as well as parts of the United Kingdom, Australia and South America.

Backing from politicians in Britain's Labour Party, including opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn, could help encourage customers to stay away, according to Farrar. Ahead of the actions, Lyft said its hourly wages have risen over the last two years and average over $20 per hour.

The hours drivers plan to strike vary by location but will span from NY to Atlanta to Tokyo.

Some drivers went offline in NY between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m., though it was still easy to locate a driver during rush hour near Wall Street in lower Manhattan.

The protests took place in London, Birmingham, Nottingham and Glasgow as well as 10 United States cities, including Chicago, Boston, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco and Washington DC, and in other countries. She added that drivers' pay has declined as the companies have taken a bigger portion of riders' fees.

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An organizer of the NY rally told the crowd that the driver mobilization was an "uphill battle", responding to a question about why there was not a bigger impact on the service.

In addition to strikes and protests around the world, one focal point will be a strike at Uber's San Francisco headquarters at noon on May 8. Uber, for instance, has around 12,000 employees, but over 2 million people are registered as drivers on the platform. "Looks like many drivers have 'crossed the picket line.' Peak hour wait times are roughly normal on both platforms, only 10%-15% yellow cabs are vacant, the streets are still congested".

"Drivers are at the heart of our service - we can't succeed without them - and thousands of people come into work at Uber every day focused on how to make their experience better, on and off the road", Wellford said in the statement.

Over the next few months, 10 Waymo vehicles - the company modifies Chrysler Pacifica minivans with self-driving equipment like cameras and LiDAR sensors - will be available on the Lyft ride-hailing app in the Phoenix area where Waymo's been operating. "Drivers across the globe have similar demands: to pay us a living wage, to have a voice at work, transparency around pay and policies that affect us, and recognition that drivers are the ones who built this company".

Lyft said Tuesday its loss in the past quarter widened to $1.1 billion in the ride-hailing giant's first financial report as a public company, as it announced it was teaming up with former Google auto unit Waymo on autonomous taxis.

Other cities are taking different approaches to the protest. "They have grown and grown and gotten richer and richer, but I haven't grown with the company".

No company better sums up the perils of the casual gig economy than Uber. Drivers are independent contractors, not employees, so they don't receive benefits like health insurance. Lyft, which forecast growth would slow in the second quarter, is watched as a bellwether for its larger rival Uber Technologies Inc which will price its offering on Thursday. Many drivers took loans to buy cabs, while some leased cars from the companies themselves.

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