UberEats drivers protest in Toronto, highlighting growing divide between the company and drivers

UberEats drivers protest in Toronto, highlighting growing divide between the company and drivers

We have written numerous times about the uneasy relationship between Uber and its drivers. Those who work for the ride-hailing giant are realizing that Uber is not doing them a favor, the company needs drivers as much as they need jobs. There are an increasing amount of uprisings against Uber, with drivers seeking to be seen more like employees as opposed to the freelance contractors they are now.

Uber is generally resisting these changes as the company knows drivers recognized as full employees will get more benefits and ultimately cost the company more.

Still, drivers keep pushing for what they believe they deserve. Take Toronto-based UberEats drivers, who took to the city’s streets this month to protest a reduction in their pay. Drivers are losing between 25 and 50 per cent through the cuts and they took to Uber’s office in downtown Toronto to vent their frustrations.

“With this pay cut, the people who rely on this full time are not going to be able to pay their bills,” said spokesman and UberEats driver David Heller.

UberEats previously had a flat rate of $6.50 when picking a customer up from a restaurant and $1.85 for every kilometer travelled. However, the new rate is $2.90 for a pick up and $2.50 for an order delivered. Heller wants rates to return to normal:

“We can take this to the Employment Tribunal. We can take this to the court system. We’ll do what we have to do to make sure we’re paid fairly,” he said.

“Our rights are worth more than their capital.”

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