Hundreds of angry Uber drivers unplugged from the car-service app on Monday to protest the company’s new rate cuts, which they say have drastically slashed their take-home pay.
More than 400 hacks rallied outside the company’s Queens headquarters for the start of a 72-hour strike, which will continue on Tuesday at La Guardia and Kennedy Airports.
“Uber is killing us,” said Paul Ryan, 50, who has been driving for the company for a year and a half. “They call us partners, but we have no vote. We’re not partners — we’re slaves to them.”
The protesters — who make up less than 1 percent of Uber’s drivers — made three demands:
They want the fares restored to the levels before Friday’s 15-percent cut; they want Uber to add a tipping option on the app; and they want Uber to cut its commission to 10 percent.
In a strange twist, the New York Taxi Workers Alliance, which has traditionally represented yellow-cab drivers, organized the Uber protest and rally. Both Uber drivers and taxi drivers say this is the first step in the two groups working together to fix the problems that have plagued the industry.
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SOURCE: New York Post, Danielle Furfaro and Kenneth Garger