On the eve of Uber’s long-anticipated IPO, ride-hail drivers will go on strike to protest the falling wages and shaky labor practices on which the company and its competitors are built, despite the firms’ somewhat baffling valuations.
On Wednesday, May 8, 2019, drivers in a growing number of cities will log off of Uber, Lyft, and Juno’s platforms between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m. local time or throughout the day, and they’re urging riders to do the same.
In the past week, a surge of drivers’ groups around the country and world have signed on for the strike, while an increasing number of politicians and public figures have expressed their support. Protests at major transportation hubs and company offices are also scheduled in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Minneapolis, Atlanta, Boston, New York, and London, among other cities.
The group Rideshare Drivers United – Los Angeles, which has helped organize the strike through different time zones, commented in a statement that its members will hold a 24-hour strike as well as a rally at Los Angeles International Airport to protest the “withering wages [and] other abuses inflicted by Uber and Lyft as both companies launch their IPOs.”
Article written by Janet Burns for Forbes