The number of Uber Taxi drivers fall from 80,000 to none by the end of this season. Now the company decided to call them as ‘driver-partners’. Driver partners are workers who are chosen to provide car rides using the Uber platform. These part time workers value their flexibility and availability instead working as an employee.
According to Uber, drivers are paying Uber for the use of the app to grow their business. Its drivers protested last week, as the firm increased commission for new drivers from 20% to 25%. Uber operates in 351 cities in 64 countries which has over 1.1 million active driver partners. It is fighting a legal battle with driver partners who seek the benefits of traditional workers. Driver partners in California is asking for petrol and maintenance expenses while in UK they need paid vacations and minimal wage protection. Uber also plans to remove driver partners for self driving taxis.
Uber says its drivers as self employed as they can come and go as they wish and they have the right to choose the time and place of their work. It also says that, more than half of the driver partners work less than 10 hours in a day. However Uber can deduct driver pay, can decide which route they should take and can deactivate drivers who turn down too many fares.
Last year February, Uber formed partnership with Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh to work together on mapping vehicles. By may, Uber used its 40 researchers and scientists for its new advanced technology center.