Uber and Lyft drivers in over two dozen cities went on strike on Wednesday, demanding a better cut of driving profits and generating scrutiny on the "employment" practices of many gig economy platforms.
The day of action started this morning in Melbourne, Australia, where drivers showed up to protest outside a local driver assistance center, called a Greenlight Hub. A few hours later, in New York City, around 40 cars formed a procession protest across the Brooklyn Bridge. After which, about 300 drivers and their supporters gathered outside Uber’s and Lyft’s driver service offices in Long Island City, holding signs saying things like “Driver Power” and “For Uber IPO: pay back our money.” As many as 300 protesters in San Francisco rallied in front of Uber’s corporate headquarters beginning at noon local time, after which hundreds of drivers are expected to shut down their apps until midnight. Uber has sent an email to its staff there warning of the protests — as a safety precaution, according to an employee.