Uber Eats riders go on strike over recent pay cuts
Lack of a regular food courier causes a lot of inconvenience to the average UK household. In the recent past, UberEats group couriers have continued to strike over dissent pay and are advocating for £5 minimum delivery fee. Numerous strikes have been witnesses in London and other Britain cities like Plymouth, Cardiff, and Glasgow in the recent past. Uber has also shared the new pay structure that reduces the per delivery fee paid to workers making food deliveries using its platform in Birmingham, Manchester and London to £2.50.
The UberEats couriers can only expect a minimum fee of £3.50 since the company only adds £1.50 for each mile covered. That is a £0.50 drop from the £4.0 that Uber was paying UberEats couriers in major cities like Manchester. Several wildcat strikes might have forced the global and reputed food courier firm to review its pay structure. The strikes have continued to paralyse the smooth operation of the company. Couriers have continued to gather in groups to protest rather than delivering orders and even the Aldgate East London office has witnessed a couple of protests outside its premises. According to Uber’s “boost system,” minimizing per delivery charge will enable the courier company to raise the fee it pays in busier areas and seasons.
Based on the order demand, the boost increases the overall pay to the courier. According to Uber, most of its couriers were not satisfied with the Boost arguing that the multipliers were only available in a few areas and were too low. The courier company points out that the new pay structure will remarkably increase the earning potential in busy areas and seasons.
Conversely, Uber admits that the new charges will reduce the earnings of couriers outside the busy seasons covered by the Boost. The firm has also refrained from quantifying the amount the couriers will receive under the optimised Boost multiplier. The new couriers’ app now indicates the present Boosts for every zone. Uber has also affirmed that the Boost multiplier will change based on the day of the week and time of the day to assist in showing where and when it is expected to be the busiest.
In essence, the opaque Boost “increases” at a time when the company makes a significant reduction to per delivery charges explain better why drivers are unhappy. If a courier fails to earn the stated minimum, the courier firm promises to “top them up” to the provided amounts. The reputed food courier has also affirmed that the “top up” will also come with specific caveats and conditions but it will be available to each of its couriers. The GMP union has continued to blame the company for causing more misery to couriers on the disguise that reductions have been reviewed upward.