In the UK, IWGB represents Uber drivers.
That union - Independent Workers Union of Great Britain- is the advocate of gig workers. And, in its recent activities on behalf of Uber drivers, it is pushing to have them reclassified as legal entities closer to employees or even employees.
Tomorrow, the IWGB, reports TechCrunch, has authorized a strike by Uber drivers. It will last for about a day. That's plenty of time to disrupt the lives of those who have become dependent on ride-hailing services.
What IWGB wants for those Uber drivers includes:
- The end to unfair terminations
- Increase in fares
- Reduction of the commission paid to Uber
- Better overall working conditions.
This protection from unionization is a development gig workers around the world should research. Among full-time employees the power of unions may be declining. However, unions could begin to scale again in the gig economy. Organizers should take a look at that opportunity.
There is power in the gig economy to shut down an entire nation. The missing piece in collective action is not being organized.
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