Uber drivers went on strike during a Taylor Swift concert in Florida
TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — After one of the three biggest nights for drivers in Tampa Bay — thanks to Taylor Swift — Uber drivers are turning off the ignition and closing their Uber Driver apps.
“We drive,” said Luis Cosme. “We are the ones kicking our asses late at night. How can you get more from us? »
Luis Cosme has been driving for Uber for nine years and says Uber is taking more of his salary.
“If you go to Sarasota, they’ll give you $19, up to $38,” Cosme explained. “We used to get $90 to $80.”
That’s why Cosmo organized a strike. More than 100 ridesharing drivers gathered at the holding near Tampa International Airport, about two miles from Taylor Swift and Raymond James Stadium. Cosme said he was in another 100 cars.
“It affects me financially,” Cosme said. “It affects me at home with my family. You know, I spend more time here than at home.
In a statement to 8 On Your Side in Tampa, Uber said:
Driver earnings on our platform remain high, with the average Tampa Bay driver earning $25 an hour while active on the app. We are also investing in incentives to help increase the number of drivers on the road this weekend to meet the expected high demand. All drivers receive fare and destination information in advance before accepting a ride.
Javi Correoso, Uber spokesperson
Uber also said Florida’s high insurance rates are partly to blame. This is money that neither the company nor the drivers get.
“It’s not fair to us,” said Hansel Paredes, another protesting Uber driver. “We have a family. We have children. We have a mortgage. We have car payments.
Drivers said inflation isn’t helping either.
“We run out of gas every day,” said Uber driver Nelson Acheverri. “Car for expenses because everything is in place. And money is falling every day.
The drivers said they would continue to plan strikes until their pay improved.
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