IWGB is calling 24 hour strike of Uber drivers in London, Birmingham and Nottingham from 1pm on 9 October Demonstrations to be scheduled at 1pm on 9 October at Uber’s offices in each of the cities. Drivers demand an increase in fares, an end to unfair deactivations and that Uber respect rulings on worker rights.
8 October: The United Private Hire Drivers (UPHD) branch of the Independent Workers Union of Great Britain (IWGB) has today called a 24 hour strike of Uber drivers in London, Birmingham and Nottingham from 1pm on Tuesday 9 October. Drivers will be staging protests outside Uber’s offices in each of these cities at the start of the strike. Details on location can be found below.
Drivers are demanding:
- The IWGB is appealing for public support for striking drivers and asking customers to not cross the digital picket line by using the app during the strike. Supporters are invited to join protests outside Uber’s offices in London, Birmingham and Nottingham.
- An increase in fares to £2 per mile (currently £1.25 in London)
- A 10% reduction in commissions paid by drivers to Uber (currently 25% for UberX)
- An end to unfair deactivations which are de facto dismissals
- Uber apply the Employment and Employment Appeal Tribunals’ judgements and immediately implement employment conditions that respect worker rights for drivers, including the payment of at least the minimum wage and paid holidays
James Farrar, Chair of the IWGB’s UPHD branch, said: “After years of watching take home pay plummet and with management bullying of workers on the rise, workers have been left with no choice but to take strike action. We ask the public to please support drivers by not crossing the digital picket line by not using the app during strike time.”
The strike will combine the IWGB’s efforts to secure private hire drivers rights as limb (b) workers through the courts, with ongoing cases against Uber, Green Tomato Cars and A2B Cars, as well as building on previous protests against London transport regulator Transport for London.
The IWGB and co-claimants Yaseen Aslam and James Farrar will be facing Uber at the Court of Appeal on 30 and 31 October on the landmark employment rights case. Farrar and Aslam are being represented by solicitors Bates Wells Braithwaite and barristers Jason Galbraith-Marten QC and Sheryn Omeri from Cloisters.
Protest details: 1pm Tuesday October 9th
- London – Aldgate Tower, 2 Leman Street, E1 8FA
- Birmingham – 100 Broad Street, B15 1AE
- Nottingham – Unit C, King Edward Court, NG1 1EL
For more information:
James Farrar – email@example.com Yaseen Aslam – firstname.lastname@example.org
Also, just a quick round-up of a few upcoming events over the next few weeks:
On Saturday 13th, there’s the big demo that’s been called against the far-right DFLA in London, featuring both a feminist bloc and the first street outing for the newly-formed Football Lads & Lasses Against Fascism.
The weekend after that will see the Not the Anarchist Bookfair in London, while the IWW will be hosting an organising summit in Sheffield. And at the end of the month, on the 27th Lesbians and Gays Support the Migrants will be hosting a Halloqueen party in London as a fundraiser for the Stansted 15 whose trial will be ongoing, Haringey Anti-Raids will be having a party to celebrate their second birthday on the same day, and further north Dodsworth WMC will be hosting a fundraiser to pay for repairs to a historic NUM banner. And finally, going back to the IWGB again, on the 30th they’ll be hosting a “rise of the precarious workers” demo to join up various campaigns they’re currently involved with.