For-hire drivers in at least eight major cities will go on a two-hour strike against Uber and Lyft ahead of Uber's planned initial public stock offering on Friday. Rideshare Drivers United chapters in LA, San Diego, and Georgia will be joined by the New York Taxi Workers Alliance, Gig Workers Rising in San Fransisco, Boston Independent Drivers Guild, and other groups representing Connecticut, Washington, D.C., Chicago, and Philly in turning off their apps en masse and refusing to subsidise the platform's bosses.
"Wall Street investors are telling Uber and Lyft to cut down on driver income, stop incentives and go faster to Driverless Cars", Bhairavi Desai, executive director of the New York Taxi Workers Alliance, said in a statement.
San Francisco-based Uber is aiming to raise $9 billion in its initial public offering Thursday.
'We do see added risk from Uber aiming to take greater share of the fare from drivers and expect that the more Uber pushes here, the more drivers will fight back and protest, increasing the likelihood of regulations (particularly at the state level in the USA and in Europe) of minimum wage guarantees, ' Daniel Ives, an analyst at Wedbush Securities, told the Washington Post.
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"Don't use Uber, don't use Lyft", the New York Taxi Workers Alliance tweeted. "Log off of all the apps!"
The New York City organization said its demands include greater job security.
"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", the representative said.
A Lyft representative said drivers' hourly earnings have increased in the last two years.При любом использовании материалов сайта и дочерних проектов, гиперссылка на обязательна.
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