Uber drivers staged one-day strike Wednesday
A worldwide strike and protest by Uber drivers over working conditions was scheduled today but few drivers in Montreal appeared to have heeded the call.
A protest scheduled during the noon hour outside the online ride sharing company's Montreal office in Pointe-St-Charles drew a handful of drivers who made brief appearances but who mostly stayed in their cars.
It was also relatively easy to hail a ride on the Uber app.
A worldwide strike and protest today by @uber drivers for improved pay and job security. A few showed up at Uber’s Mtl HQ but it’s pretty much a one man demonstration with Rafik Hanna, president of the Professional Association of Uber Drivers. #CJAD800 pic.twitter.com/JjtPMe7ErP— Shuyee Lee (@sleeCJAD) May 8, 2019
Rafik Hanna, president of the Professional Association of Uber Drivers held down the fort for what looked like a one man demonstration.
Hanna told CJAD 800 they were alerted by some drivers that Uber sent them warnings to not participate in the protest or strike or risk being deactivated from the app.
A spokesman for Uber Canada said in an email to CJAD 800 no such warning was sent.
A few @Uber drivers showed up in support of the Montreal protest for job security and more pay but many stayed away - Professional Association of Uber Drivers president Rafik Hanna alleges they got warnings from Uber. #CJAD800 pic.twitter.com/DJsDp4iZ4w— Shuyee Lee (@sleeCJAD) May 8, 2019
Uber driver Imran was one of the few who showed up at the Montreal protest.
"My message is more to the government. I think Uber is getting away with whatever the government is allowing them to do," said the driver who did not want his last name mentioned for fear of reprisals.
Hanna said the movement for increased wages and job security is greater than a low protest turnout in Montreal, citing larger and more visible demonstrations in the U.S.
The strike and protests come two days before Uber is set to go public on the New York stock exchange.
An Uber Canada spokesman maintains that fares have not changed since 2016, that a new app shows transparency of revenues and driver-partners will get a bonus once the public offering is made.
Montreal is supposed to be among major US cities, as well as parts of the United Kingdom, Australia and South America taking part in protests against @Uber demanding better working conditions. Only a few drivers showed up at Uber’s Mtl HQ. #CJAD800 pic.twitter.com/e2nHF8VkG8— Shuyee Lee (@sleeCJAD) May 8, 2019
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