Uber UK strike: users urged not to cross 'digital picket line'

Oct 9, 2018 · theguardian.com

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Uber customers are being urged not to cross a "digital picket line" on Tuesday during the first coordinated national strike by British drivers with the app-based service.

The 24-hour strike starts at 1pm and there will be protests by drivers outside the company’s offices in London, Birmingham and Nottingham.

The action is part of a push to unionise the gig economy. Last week, employees of companies including McDonald’s, Wetherspoons and TGI Fridays took part in an unprecedented joint national strike.

The Uber action is being organised by the United Private Hire Drivers (UPHD), a branch of the Independent Workers Union of Great Britain, which is demanding an end to what it describes as unfair deactivations of drivers, an increase in fares to £2 per mile from a current rate of £1.25 in London, and a 10% reduction in commissions paid by drivers.

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