Montreal drivers join global Uber strike over 'poverty wages'

REDONDO BEACH CA- MARCH 25 Driver and strike organizer Nicole Moore speaks during a one-day strike against Uber and Lyft in front of an Uber office. Over 200 drivers marched with signs and protested a recent 25% deduction in pay for Uber drivers

Simmering tensions between drivers and ride-hailing companies are flaring again, as drivers in major cities across the US and the United Kingdom went on strike Wednesday over low wages and unstable working conditions.

Lyft Inc's stock slumped almost 11% on Wednesday to a record low after the ride-hailing company posted a deep quarterly loss, putting pressure on Uber Technologies Inc as it prepares to price its initial public offering. Both companies are bleeding money and what drivers make is the biggest cost they can control.

Well, if you haven't really thought much about Uber's or Lyft's business models or about the drivers taking you to and fro, you're probably assuming, "Sure, they're not getting rich, but they make a decent wage; especially if they work full-time".

Chicago Rideshare Advocates has asked the city to step in and help by capping the number of ride-share drivers, ensuring drivers receive surge charges and an increased base fare, performing vehicle inspections and enforcing stricter rules regarding driver investigations, among other requests.

"Whether it's being able to track your earnings, new safety features, or stronger insurance protections, we'll continue working to improve the experience for and with drivers".

The inquiry will table a report on the matter later this year.

NY drivers are fresh off a recent win against the city with a new law that mandates ride-hail companies pay at least $17.22 an hour after expenses, which other cities have hailed as an example, especially in expensive housing markets like L.A. Still, drivers say it's hard to make ends meet in major markets on that wage.

Both Uber and Lyft have built their businesses on the backs of drivers.




Lyft spokeswoman Chelsea Harrison said driver earnings in Seattle have increased 14% over the last two years, and the average Lyft driver in Seattle earns more than $20 an hour. In comparison, Uber - which could be valued at about $90 billion - had 75 million riders and 3.9 million drivers in 65 countries. Filing" - "Uber, the ride-hailing service that has upended transportation around the world, took a major step toward the largest initial public offering in years when it officially unveiled its finances in a prospectus on Thursday. "I stand with the Uber and Lyft drivers going on strike on May 8".

"Uber has lowered driver wages and raised prices ahead of May 9, in order to make the company more attractive to potential investors", Magesan told Al Jazeera. Along with protests, drivers in several cities are shutting down their apps for 12 hours as a form of strike against the ride-hailing company.

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.

New York Times: "Uber, Losing $1.8 Billion a Year, Reveals I.P.O". This time more cities are participating.

Demonstrations took place in 10 USA cities, including Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco and Washington, as well as some European locations like London. In settling the California and MA case, it agree to make changes to how it removes drivers from its platform.

In interviews in the metropolises of Mumbai, New Delhi and Bengaluru, more than 35 drivers said discontent against Uber was growing.

It was unclear how many drivers would take part in the work stoppage amid strike calls in Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Boston and elsewhere.

Uber has three million drivers globally, and it is not clear if the work actions can significantly slow service, although organizers have received widespread publicity.

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