The Spark

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.” — Karl Marx

Australian Uber Strike

Sep 17, 2018

In early August, thousands of Uber drivers refused to pick up passengers during the morning rush hour, to protest their pay and working conditions. Some drivers have organized in “Ride Share Drivers United,” which pointed out unfair pricing and low pay checks. Uber had changed the way it paid drivers, lowering their already low salaries.

One think-tank report said drivers are poorly paid, earning less than the minimum wage in Australia. It’s one reason Uber is successfully making profits there and all over the world. Taxi drivers, while hardly highly paid, earn more than ride-sharing drivers do.

That’s how Uber, Lyft and other such companies have taken away passengers from taxis, by offering lower fees for riders. But it is the drivers who pay the price, in lower wages and hourly jobs that leave them in a precarious situation.