Uber Drivers Protest In Melbourne Over Low Pay

Rates not good enough

Uber Drivers Protest In Melbourne Over Low Pay

It might be harder to get an Uber in Melbourne on Monday as drivers go offline in protest over poor pay and working conditions.

Ride Share Drivers United (RSDU) is urging Uber drivers to log off their apps on Monday between 6.30am and 5pm in protest over poor pay and working conditions, safety concerns, and the company's failure to respond to its concerns.

The group says Uber is forcing drivers to accept low and unsustainable rates, with fares in Melbourne up to 30 per cent cheaper than other cities.

"We can no longer be patient, while our working conditions and pay continue to deteriorate in a fast race to the bottom," it said in a statement.

The organisation says drivers are making as little as $11.00 an hour after expenses, and before income tax or superannuation.

The current rates are forcing some drivers to work longer shifts of between 12 and 16 hours, which RSDU says is a safety concern.

RSDU says the company needs to listen to them.

"We drivers are the face of Uber. Without us there is no Uber," they said.

"We can no longer be ignored, threatened with deactivation and silenced."

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