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If drivers indeed make minimum wage, as they claim, why would a Uber be fighting this do hard?

Truth is, Uber Drivers are treated terribly, and few can eek out minimum wage , despite working hard.

Uber Treats it’s drivers like commodities. Often does not pay us what we are owed (according to Their own rules), and even when they do, it falls Far Below minimum wage for Must drivers.

(I’ve all but given up driving for them!)

Example: in California, I drove 9 hrs straight, nearly 250 miles, for $48 _Before_ Expenses !! It’s almost like I’m paying Uber for the “privilege” of driving for them, and receiving de-motivating negative feedback from them, whilst going out of my way to provide Top Notch Customer Service. They treat us like commodities, telling us to do more, meanwhile, their own customer service is non-existent. They don’t addresses issues us drivers experience. They own driver app is full of bugs, and They Punish US for their mistakes.

In fact if or rating falls below 4.61, they deviate us. Lay I looked their apps don’t even hold 4.6 Rating in the spp site. By their own definition, They should be Deactivated ! Keep in mind, a rider can either rate a driver “5*: Perfect – never had such an amazing ride”, or “4*: You’re fired”, or “1*-3*: You’re sooi fired, I hope to never see you behind a wheel again”. People are conditioned to actually mean “3*: everything fine. As expected. I’ll use again”, “2*: some issues”, “1*: Terrible!, may not use again, may complain about this driver, or your app is awful”, and “4*: excellent, above the average Uber driver (which are already great)”, and “5*: Best Ever”.

Fact is, most riders think they are providing Positive Feedback when they taste a driver 3* or 4*. They are shocked to find out they are adding additional stress to their driver’s life, and are inching him/her closer to deactivation.

Additionally, riders often give a lower start rating because of an issue with the App or the Uber platform itself, and Uber’s Own shortcomings get tagged onto the driver’s own demise in Uber’s eyes. Uber doesn’t look to themselves. Instead they keep telling the driver’s to reach to higher perfection.

So, Uber Drivers now also have to become sales people, encouraging All riders to rate them (none are required to do so. Once at their destination, their mind is on other things, and They often will only bother to rate if was less than perfection.) Not only that, but Uber Drivers need to gently encourage a 5* Rating, because a 4* could be damaging. So in addition to perfection,  unheard of customer service, and perfect driving, you gotta be a sales person just to get by on this platform. And That doesn’t guarantee a livable wage, or reasonable work conditions.

I love the idea of ride-sharing, and having a “flexible”schedule (though Uber Definitively has their own ways of practically forcing drivers to work when, and as much as Uber wants them to work). They keep drivers in debt, and fearful that they’ll turn driving access at any time. 

Ooh, I’ve got stories. They’ve cheated me out of nearly $2000. And that’s including what we REALLY Ought to be paid to keep up with a living wage. That’s what they have cheated me out of the pay I was supposed to have earned.

They Low Ball us to begin with, then rip us off on what’s left. Meanwhile they are bullies in their owncommunications, and terrible at their own jobs.

Actually, they are GREAT at Marketing. And hiring Lawyers. And obtaining Funding.

Sure they are Great at siphoning money for themselves. But terrible at providing the services and payment we depend on to do their bidding for them.

And that does not even count the bullying they do to force other ride share companies out of business, creating a monopoly for themselves. Which only furthers their position to treat drivers terrible, And underpay them.

Uber NEEDS to be STOPPED !

Not ride sharing in general. That’s a wonderful concept. 

Uber specifically !

For most people, I don’t recommend becoming an Uber driver. Unless you’re a great sales person. Then your business will be to sign up other drivers to collect that commission. You won’t likely make money from driving itself. There are a few locations where money can be made just by driving, and even then your chances are best if you drive for their limo-like black car device, rather than Uber X and Uber Pool, which is what services the majority of the public.

Oh and if you are a great salesman, you probably will only make money if you lie about how great it is to work as a driver. The ONLY way to be truley honest is to tell everyone, as I did above, that the money is made in getting suckers to sign up, and become sales people, or if you have a black car with leather seats – IF Uber for your city is still accepting Uber Black sign ups.

If you just want a bit of fast cash spending money on occasion, and it’s not like a real job for you, then Uber driving can also  work out.

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Drivers seek to put pressure on the London mayor, Sadiq Khan, to insist that the US minicab company pays the minimum wage

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More than a hundred Uber drivers have mounted a go-slow protest through central London to put pressure on the city’s mayor, Sadiq Khan, to insist the US company guarantee the minimum wage.
At least 100 Uber minicabs drove at walking pace down Edgware Road and Park Lane towards Westminster on Tuesday, honking their horns and blocking traffic as drivers angry at low pay for long hours stepped up direct action against the San Fransisco-based firm.

Protest by Uber taxi drivers in London.

Protest by Uber taxi drivers in London. Photograph: Martin Godwin for the Guardian
The protest infuriated some drivers who found themselves blocked behind a line of slow-moving Toyota Prius cars. One angry black-cab driver shouted: “Do the knowledge!” a reference to the way cabbies have to memorise streets before getting their license rather than rely on GPS maps as Uber drivers do.

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The action was organised by James Farrar and Yaseen Aslam, who three weeks ago won a crucial employment tribunal verdict that Uber should treat its drivers as workers rather then self-employed. The ruling means drivers should be paid the national minimum wage, receive sick pay and holidays. Uber said it would appeal the judgment. Farrar and Aslam have established a representative group for minicab drivers, mostly working for Uber, called United Private Hire Drivers (UPHD).

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“In May 2017, Uber’s licence comes up for renewal and the mayor has a duty to assess whether they are fit and proper to hold a licence,” said Farrar. “He must assess that Uber respects workers’ rights in order to continue having an operator’s licence in London.”

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UPHD also sent a letter to Khan apologising for the disruption of its protest, but suggested Uber’s business model resulted in “abuses that would be more fitting of Victorian era London than a 21st-century global mega city”.
It said: “The fact that such abuses are carried out in a trade which is licensed and supervised by TfL [Transport for London] on behalf of all Londoners is nothing short of a public scandal. More than that, drivers working up to 90 hours a week on £5 per hour presents a significant public safety risk.”
Uber insists that its drivers earn more and said that the only case of a driver earning £5 per hour over 90 hours was because they were declining fares. But several drivers who took time off work to join the protest said their earnings were below the legal minimum.

An Uber driver takes part in the protest.

An Uber driver takes part in the protest. Photograph: Martin Godwin for the Guardian
“I am working 70 to 80 hours a week, which comes out at £4 an hour which is below the minimum wage,” said Ibrahim, 30, an Uber driver for 18 months.

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“With these hours, people are going to be falling sick and filling up the NHS and they will be falling back on to benefits,” said Mujeeb, an Uber driver who said he worked 70 to 80 hours a week and only took home about £250after paying his expenses. “If the government doesn’t act, it will cost them.”

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An Uber spokesperson defended the business model, and said: “Tens of thousands of licensed drivers in London choose to partner with Uber because they love the freedom and flexibility of being their own boss.”
It claimed its own polling showed 90% of drivers were “satisfied with driving with Uber, and a majority say the amount of money they make, as well their ability to balance work and family life, has increased since they started driving with us.
“We’re proud of the economic opportunities we have created for people who can choose to drive when and where they want. Drivers using our app made average payments of more than £16 an hour after Uber’s service fee this September, and 20% of drivers were logged into the app for 10 hours or less a week with just 25% logged in for 40 or more hours per week.”

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