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Uber drivers in Australia join global protests

May 10, 2019 / Rachel Ranosa

As Uber drivers in the US and UK staged protests in key cities ahead of Uber’s IPO, counterparts in Australia joined the call against what they deemed to be unfair pay rates and work conditions. The Rideshare Driver Co-operative and the Transport Workers Union (TWU) urged drivers in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane to turn off their apps starting from 10:30 a.m. Wednesday. TWU members also presented drivers’ demands before Uber offices across Australia as protesters rallied outside. The demands included lowering the percentage Uber cuts from drivers’ earnings, providing income insurance and establishing an independent tribunal that will hear driver and passenger concerns. Tony Sheldon, a spokesperson for TWU, told protesters in Melbourne that Uber was “notorious for its exploitation” of app users worldwide. “This company demands that people invest in their vehicles so they take out loans,” Sheldon said. “And yet at the whim of the company, ...