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22 Jun 2022

Josiah Mortimer, MyLondon

UK: Uber drivers strike over low pay amid surging cost of living, alleging declining mental health among workforce

"'Our mental health is suffering': Uber drivers striking today over low pay and surging costs", 22 June 2022


The App Drivers & Couriers Union (ADCU)...called for a 24-hour national strike for Uber drivers from midnight and lasting until 11.59pm on Wednesday, June 22.

The union says Uber drivers are facing an unprecedented cost of living crisis due to fuel inflation running at 44 per cent a year, while vehicle costs are up 28 per cent. The ADCU argues Uber has failed to obey a Supreme Court ruling which they say should raise fares and pay in line with inflation of operating costs...

Activists want Uber to pay drivers the minimum wage from the time they are logged on until they log off - not just the time active on jobs. Standby time waiting for passengers accounts for around 40 per cent of working time, and organisers say Uber has not adjusted the costs calculations used for calculation of the minimum wage despite runaway inflation for fuel and operating costs...

ADCU figures are also opposing “deactivations” of drivers without the ability to appeal or be represented formally by their union...

Abdurzak Hadi, ADCU London Chair said: “Uber drivers have never been worse off than they are right now. Drivers have been exposed to hyperinflation while Uber refuses to either obey the Supreme Court ruling which protects workers or raise fares and pay to offset inflation of their operating costs.

“...Uber has placed its workforce in very dangerous circumstances and the result is driver over-work, declining mental health and families in great distress. I implore the government to dismiss the Uber spin and urgently intervene to enforce the law against what is an increasingly out of control company.”...

An Uber spokesperson told MyLondon: “The ADCU represents a tiny proportion of active drivers on Uber. For over a year now, GMB Union has served as the voice of drivers in the UK following our historic recognition agreement which helped secure new worker protections including holiday pay and access to a pension plan. As with all previous demonstrations by the ADCU, we do not expect any impact or disruption to our service”...