As Uber and Lyft continue chasing unprecedented IPOs, drivers in Southern California are on strike to protest yet another Uber pay cut, and what they feel are generally unlivable conditions.
Ride-hail drivers in Los Angeles have called a 25-hour strike on Monday, March 25 in protest of a recent pay cut of approximately 25% for Uber drivers. Area group Rideshare Drivers United has called on riders to boycott Uber, Lyft, and other ride-hail apps between midnight Monday morning and 1:00 am Tuesday PDT in solidarity with drivers.
Earlier this month, Uber drivers in LA and parts of Orange County received an in-app notification that their per-mile rate of compensation had been cut from 80 cents to 60 cents; in order to sign in and commence work, ride-hail drivers must agree to any new conditions announced by the apps.
Over the past several years, Uber and Lyft drivers have endured multiple rounds of pay cuts as the companies have competed for customers and repeatedly lowered fares (mostly without touching their own cuts, or, in some cases, raising them).
Rideshare Drivers United LA is calling a 25-hour strike on March 25th, ON ALL RIDESHARE PLATFORMS, to rollback the 25% mileage pay cut. JOIN US at the protest that MONDAY the 25th at 11 AM in front of the Uber Greenlight Hub in Redondo Beach. #StrikeUberLyft pic.twitter.com/JNg52l64MV
— Rideshare Drivers United – LA (@_drivers_united) March 18, 2019
Luis Vasquez, who’s been driving full time for Uber and Lyft for three years, commented on the strike by phone, “We’re doing everything we can to let Uber know that they can’t be doing this to us — we need fair wages.”
“Every day it’s getting worse,” he continued. “Uber keeps hiring more and more drivers, who don’t know the system yet, and are easier to take advantage of. [The companies] are squeezing drivers so much, and we’re the ones suffering.”
Nicole Moore, a part-time driver and an organizer for Drivers United, told Gizmodo that Uber, Lyft, and their peers have been engaged in “a mad rush to the bottom” in terms of compensating drivers, adding, “I’m not gonna take it anymore.”