Union calls on UK Uber users to join 24-hour strike over revelations

A union representing workers in the ‘gig economy’ is calling on Uber customers to join a 24-hour strike in response to Uber’s records, a series of taxi app revelations published by the Guardian and its media partners.

The App Drivers and Couriers Union (ADCU) urged Uber users to avoid using the service for a day on Wednesday and join a protest at the company’s London headquarters.

The ADCU is calling for increased wages and conditions for its drivers and action to address issues raised in Uber cases.

A treasure trove of more than 124,000 documents, which was leaked to the Guardian and shared with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists and international media partners, revealed last week how Uber broke laws, deceived police and secretly pressure on governments.

The Uber files are a global investigation based on a trove of 124,000 documents that were leaked to the Guardian by Mark MacGann, Uber’s former chief lobbyist in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. The data consisted of emails, iMessages and WhatsApp exchanges between the Silicon Valley giant’s top executives, as well as memos, presentations, notebooks, briefing materials and invoices.

The leaked records cover 40 countries and span from 2013 to 2017, when Uber was aggressively expanding across the globe. They reveal how the company has broken the law, tricked police and regulators, exploited violence against drivers and secretly lobbied governments around the world.

To facilitate a global investigation in the public interest, the Guardian shared the data with 180 in 29 countries through the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ). The investigation was managed and led by the Guardian with the ICIJ.

In a statement, Uber said, “We do not and will not make excuses for past behavior that is demonstrably inconsistent with our current values. Instead, we are asking the public to judge us on what we have done in the last five years… years and what we will do in the years to come.

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The Uber files are a global investigation based on a trove of 124,000 documents that were leaked to the Guardian by Mark MacGann, Uber’s former chief lobbyist in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. The data consisted of emails, iMessages and WhatsApp exchanges between the Silicon Valley giant’s top executives, as well as memos, presentations, notebooks, briefing materials and invoices.

The leaked records cover 40 countries and span from 2013 to 2017, when Uber was aggressively expanding across the globe. They reveal how the company has broken the law, tricked police and regulators, exploited violence against drivers and secretly lobbied governments around the world.

To facilitate a global investigation in the public interest, the Guardian shared the data with 180 in 29 countries through the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ). The investigation was managed and led by the Guardian with the ICIJ.

In a statement, Uber said, “We do not and will not make excuses for past behavior that is clearly inconsistent with our current values. Instead, we are asking the public to judge us on what we have done over the past five years … and what we will do in the years to come.

Thank you for your opinion.

Uber said it “will not apologize for past behavior that is clearly inconsistent with our current values. Instead, we are asking the public to judge us on what we have done over the years. five years and what we will do in the years to come.

The ADCU said Uber hadn’t gone far enough, questioning the company’s response to a landmark Supreme Court ruling last year that found drivers who weren’t independent contractors but workers who were entitled to rights such as a minimum wage and paid holidays.

The union said Uber interpreted the working hours of drivers as ranging from dispatching the taxi to dropping off a customer. Instead, the period should include waiting times, which the ADCU says accounted for up to 40% of drivers’ working time.

Fares are also set to be raised to £2.50 a mile and 20 pence a minute, with Uber’s commission capped at 15%, the union said.

Uber’s records revealed how the San Francisco-based company gained access to high-profile politicians around the world as it pushed for regulatory changes to allow it to operate.

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The ADCU said Uber was still carrying out extensive “unfair” lobbying in the UK, including holding meetings with MPs.

Finally, the union called for the sacking of Pierre-Dimitri Gore-Coty, the boss of food delivery service Uber Eats, whose involvement in using “kill switches” and controversial software called Grayball to deceive law enforcement came to light in the Uber case. files.

Gore-Coty told the Guardian that he was “young and inexperienced and too often following directives from ethically questionable superiors”.

Uber has insisted that has changed for the better since the arrival of Dara Khosrowshahi as chief executive in 2017 sparked an overhaul of the company’s corporate culture.

ADCU general secretary James Farrar disputed the claim, saying the drivers had “no choice but to strike and take to the streets”.

An Uber spokesperson said: “The ADCU represents a tiny proportion of active drivers on Uber. For over a year now, the GMB union has been the voice of drivers in the UK following our agreement of historic recognition that has resulted in new protections for workers, including paid vacations and access to a pension plan.

“With increased demand following the pandemic, Uber drivers are earning more than ever – in Q1 2022 they were earning an average of £29.72 an hour, including paid holidays, when actively engaged on the application.

“The combination of higher earnings, new protections such as paid leave and a pension and union recognition in the UK has led to over 10,000 new drivers signing up with Uber in recent months.”

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