Nightmarish working hours, weak social protection and frequent accidents that sometimes cost workers' lives... Welcome to the gig economy era.
Uber, and all the companies that have adopted this model, operate illegally, dodging labor laws and making us believe that their employees are "self-employed", "contractors", or "entrepreneurs". Fake independent workers, subjected to inhumane, degrading and dangerous working conditions.
The revelations of the Uber Files during the summer have shown that it was, among others, French President Emmanuel Macron, that gave Uber the green light to destroy workers' rights.
Fortunately, many members of the European Parliament (MEPs) do not share his love for Uber and its business model. They are drafting a law that will be applied in all EU member states and will regulate the activities of Uber and other gig economy platforms.
Terrified by the likely adoption of this legislation, Uber is investing millions in aggressive lobbying tactics.
Together, we can support MEPs leading this legislation and convince others to ride for workers' rights rather than Uber's pocket!
Tell MEPs to put our rights before Uber's profits.
There is no doubt about it. The strategy of all politicians who support Uber, including French President Emmanuel Macron, is to create alternative workers' rights that will eventually take precedence over conventional workers' rights.
This means that, even if your activity is not subjugated by the gig economy yet, it will eventually end up being governed by the same logic of platform workers' exploitation.
Of course, the service that Uber offers is convenient. But it is possible to support it and keep its practicality for customers, without creating a class of second-class workers living in extreme precariousness!
In any case, such a societal choice should not depend on any other politician linked to Uber's executives. This form of lobbying harms fairness and supports workers' exploitation!
Tell MEPs to protect and strengthen workers' rights.
Euronews. 25 October 2022.
The Guardian. 11 July 2022.
EU Political Report. 13 July 2022.