Uber drivers will go on strike on Wednesday, which will create even more transport problems for tens of thousands of people in London and beyond. Taxi drivers and users are urged to disable the Uber app for 24 hours and join a protest outside the tech giant's East London office. According to the Daily Mail organizers, the United Private Hire Drivers union, want drivers to meet at an Asda branch before heading en masse to Uber's headquarters in Aldgate Tower. 

"It's shameful that Uber continues to defy the nation's highest court and cheat 70.000 workers for 40% of their actual working time."

Yaseen Aslam, President of the ADCU

The drivers know they deserve it and are legally entitled to much more than Uber offers. This strike is just the beginning and there will be a lot more turmoil until Uber does the right thing and pays drivers everything they owe, both pension contributions and working hours. Uber formally recognized the GMB earlier this year and said the union could represent up to 70.000 Uber drivers in the UK.

They accuse the company of failing to comply with a court order to pay for the waiting time, which the company claims is about 40% of an Uber driver's working time, and allege that large numbers of drivers are being unfairly fired. Uber and other taxis have suffered from gas shortages in recent weeks, pushing fares up while taxi availability has fallen dramatically.  

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The gas crisis has only exacerbated Uber's problems, after thousands of taxi drivers previously ditched the company to become delivery drivers during the pandemic. In addition, many of the remaining drivers have now turned to rival apps like Bolt or FreeNow as they assure them the best rates. Members of the App Drivers and Couriers Union (ADCU) held protests in London, Bristol, Birmingham, Nottingham, Sheffield, Manchester, Leeds and Glasgow last week, urging people not to use the service during the 24-hour period. strike.

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