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8 May: Uber drivers will log off the app and stage protests in London, Birmingham, Nottingham and Glasgow ahead of the minicab firm's stock market flotation the following day.
The drivers, who are part of the United Private Hire Drivers Branch (UPHD) of the Independent Workers Union of Great Britain (IWGB), will observe a 9 hour boycott of the app between 7am and 4pm.
Uber drivers will be on strike and leading demonstrations across the world on 8 May in the lead up to Uber's Initial Public Offering (IPO).
UPHD calls on the public to not cross the digital picket line by using the app to book Uber services during these times.
Drivers are protesting against the IPO which will lead to large payouts for executives and venture capitalist investors, despite failures to resolve pay issues for drivers.
With an expected valuation of $100 billion, Uber's founder, venture capitalists and management will become fabulously wealthy overnight. Uber's founder stands to personally gain $9 billion.
However, Uber's business model is unsustainable in its dependence upon large scale worker exploitation, tax avoidance and regulatory arbitrage. Since 2016, successive judgements from the Employment Tribunal, Employment Appeal Tribunal and Court of Appeal have all said Uber drivers are entitled to basic worker rights, such as the minimum wage and holiday pay. Uber's own prospectus recently filed with the US Securities and Exchange Commission admits:
The drivers are demanding:
The protests will take place at 1pm, May 8th at the following locations -
For more information:
London & National - James Farrar
Uber Securities and Exchange Commmission S1 prospectus filing https://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/1543151/000119312519103850/d647752ds1.htm
Farrar & Aslam v Uber, Employment Tribunal Ruling https://www.judiciary.uk/judgments/mr-y-aslam-mr-j-farrar-and-others-v-uber/
Union calculations of Uber driver net earnings based on Uber published 'top driver' earnings http://www.uphd.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/Uber-earnings.jpg