Uber ’employee’ backs driver’s strikes ahead of IPO

I am an Uber employee and I support the drivers’ strikes.

So begins this “open letter” from an Uber employee—who Medium says has been verified—writing about the driver strikes happening right now.

The timing is no coincidence. Lyft begins trading on the Nasdaq on Friday, Uber will hit the NYSE next week.

The letter begins:

The strikes called on Monday by Rideshare Drivers United (RDU) in Southern California and Gig Workers Rising in San Francisco are a sign of the deep frustration many ride-share drivers feel — and which, amid ongoing conversations with colleagues, it is clear many internal Uber employees share — about the treatment of those workers that provide the services at the core of our business.

It then recommends:

I, therefore, stand with the striking drivers in calling for the implementation of RDU’s Drivers’ Bill of Rights. While ride-share executives continue to receive vast remuneration packages, and internal employees look forward to an IPO windfall at both Uber and Lyft, my sympathetic colleagues and I will not remain silent as drivers are squeezed in order to shore up initial offerings to investors.

To give you an idea of what that means in practice, let me share a screenshot I saw shared on an Uber drivers group on Facebook on Tuesday:

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