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"The choice is between underpaying drivers and replacing them with robots."

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Samarov
1362 Rider
 Posted 2 weeks ago

Couldn't have said it better myself....

Strike All You Want. Uber Won’t Pay a Living Wage.

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    RedANT
    947 Rider Driver
     1 week ago  (edited 1 week ago)

    Uber and Lyft don't like us because they're greedy and they want a bigger piece of the pie.    Investors want returns, so the "obvious" financial move would be to increase profits by taking more from drivers, or eliminating us altogether.   What idiots.

    If these companies quit trading their profits for "market share,"  and stopped using drivers as a piggy bank to fund foolish ventures like autonomous vehicles, they'd both be in  much better financial shape.   

    Go ahead and eliminate your drivers.  That may increase their margins another 40-50%, but the 5,000% increase in expense for vehicle purchase, vehicle maintenance, insurance, upkeep and insurance will skyrocket and put them both out of business in months.   If they can't turn a profit with broke-as-hell drivers paying all the bills, what makes them think that taking those expenses on themselves will make things better?  

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    StevenL-NYU
    110 Driver Driver
     1 week ago

    We all have to remember that this industry existed before Uber came along. It was called taxis and it was a successful and profitable business that can operate in all different sizes.  

    Now that the process and the apps are built, there is no reason Uber cannot focus on executing its operations with efficiency and start paying everyone involved. The innovation is supposed to bring efficiency and scalability, not the other way around. 

    Uber is investing in crazy technologies of the future, and also self-driving cars.  I’m not saying that’s bad but the people who are paying for it are the drivers and it saddens me to see how this all played out. 

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    bBerman81
    258 Rider
     1 week ago

    Only way it makes sense economically.