It might be more difficult to hail a ride from Uber and Lyft drivers throughout the coming weeks as drivers plan to go on strike protesting the low pay.
On Tuesday, CNBC reported that the strike’s purpose is to raise awareness for the fact that drivers are essential to operations at Lyft and Uber. The strike started on Tuesday and reached through many U.S. cities, including Atlanta, Los Angeles, New York City, and Chicago. The hours for the strike are variable, as NYC drivers plan to log off the appropriate smartphone app between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m., which is right during rush hour. The Los Angeles strike could last a full 24 hours.
Timing and Pay
The timing isn’t coincidental or accidental. Lyft went public a few weeks ago while Uber is planning to go public in the next few weeks through the New York Stock Exchange. In NYC, drivers are now demanding a livable wage, guaranteed commission rates, and job security.
As such, drivers claim that their earnings have shrunk throughout the past few years, even though Uber and Lyft executives make more money.
Both companies chose to release statements about the strikes. Lyft claims that, over the past two years, its drivers have earned over $10 billion collectively while more than 75 percent of the drivers on the payroll work less than 10 hours each week. It claims that most of the drivers use the service as a supplement to their primary income by driving for the ride-hailing company. Lyft claims, on average, that its drivers make about $20 per hour.
Uber also released a statement, which claims that the drivers are the heart of the service and that it is continuing to work hard creating a better experience for all drivers with the company.
Both companies claim that they are working on creating bonuses to help offset the wear-and-tear on drivers’ vehicles.