Uber drivers will start their protest outside the Uber offices in Glasgow, Nottingham, Birmingham and London on Wednesday. The taxi drivers in the States will also join their fellow drivers in the US cities of New York, San Francisco, Chicago, San Diego, Philadelphia and Washington DC in striking over pay and poor work conditions.
The United Private Hire Drivers (UPHD) branch of the Independent Workers Union of Great Britain (IWGB) said they would stage a protest by boycotting the app between 07:00 a.m to 04:00 p.m, and are expecting hundreds of drivers to take part in the protest.
The Chairman of United Private Hire Drivers, James Farrar, said, “It is the drivers who have played a key role in building this extraordinary empire for Uber, but they are unable to get even basic workplace rights.”
The unions have demanded to cut the commission going to the companies. The IWGB in the UK said they would like commissions to be reduced from 25% to 15%, and due to the higher management costs, they want fares to be increased to £2 a mile from about £1.25 a mile.
The NYTWA in New York said that they wanted commissions to be somewhere between 15% to 20% and, above all, better job security.
A spokesperson from Uber said: “All of our drivers are heart and soul of the company, we can’t have success without making them happy; we’ll continue cooperating with them to improve their work experience and lifestyle.