Uber Drivers Protest Rate Cuts Outside the Company’s New York City Headquarters

Uber Drivers Protest Rate Cuts Outside the Company’s New York City Headquarters

Uber makes news often, this time it did with its fare cuts. Uber drivers did not welcome the trimming in price and gathered on Monday to protest the move at the New York City headquarters. Their demands are either the company restores the prices or should be ready to face a backlash.

The Uber drivers, who are often called 'workers' in the 'on demand' economy sector, feel that the price cuts would force them to work for longer hours. But the company has a different version of it. Uber says that when demand is sluggish, generally after the holiday season, a price cut means more people using the services which ultimately cut down on waiting time for the drivers giving them more chances of earning.

A resident of Queens, Tsering Sherpa, who drives for Uber about eight hours per day for six days a week says now with the price cuts he may have to work ten to fourteen hours every for survival.  Present at the rally, Mr. Sherpa said, "New York City just keeps getting more and more expensive. How are we supposed to survive with less money?"

Sentiments of the Uber drivers were hurt even more as they said; the company took the decision without even asking them for an opinion.


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