Drivers of Lyft, Uber and other ride-sharing app companies are planning to strike on Wednesday to draw attention to low wages and other issues.
ATLANTA, GA—On Wednesday, app-based drivers for Lyft and Uber are planning to engage in a “strike” on Wednesday to protest “low wages” and other issues.
The strike, which will consist of drivers turning off their apps and attending rallies in multiple cities, is planned to take place two days before Uber’s planned initial public offering (IPO) on Friday.
In New York City, drivers affiliated with the New York Taxi Workers Alliance plan to strike for two hours during the morning rush hour to demand job security, livable wages and a guaranteed commission rate.
“United and determined, coast to coast, from California to New York, across the Americas to Europe, to Africa, we will strike on Wednesday, May 8th to send a message to Uber, Lyft, Via and Juno and their Wall Street overlords that drivers are not expendable and nor are we powerless,” the New York Taxi Workers Alliance states on its website.
In Los Angeles and other cities, strike organizers are planning strikes to last a full 24 hours, according to Rideshare Drivers United.
Protests are expected in at least eight U.S. cities, including Chicago, Boston and Philadelphia.
Drivers in Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, and London will also take part in strikes, reports Barrons.
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