A large number of the Uber drivers plan to match to court on the claim that they were exploited by the taxi application company and plan to take it to court.
Forbes Africa made this known while adding that not lesser than 500 out of about 4,000 drivers operating in the country, have joined the South African Transport and Allied Workers’ Union (SATAWU).
The drivers complained that the company takes 20% for each Uber X trip and 25% for Uber Black – its premium service leaving them with nearly nothing for their works.
Joseph Munzvenga, an Uber driver in Cape Town, told Forbes Africa how the drivers are being ill-treated by the company. He said they are all treated like the driver-partners they ought to be.
“They take a quarter of what I make every trip. They’re treating us like rubbish. We are not even involved in the running of the business yet we are the so-called driver-partners,” Joseph said,
“I joined because we didn’t have to deal with cash and admin and they also promised us to be our own boss and get a chance to earn up to R10,000 ($650).
We have to work long hours for little income. The cost of living is too much we’re not benefiting anything from Uber. It just came to Africa to abuse Africans,” he said.
Another of the company’s driver, Julian Wenn stressed that the drivers are left in desperation duet to the exploitative power of the company.
“Exploitation is an understatement. When people are desperate they will do anything, when a firm like Uber has you tuned into the channel of desperation you are bound to be exploited. The sad part is most drivers still don’t realize just how much they are being exploited,”
Uber first established itself in South Africa in 2013, and is now available in Cape Town, Johannesburg, Port Elizabeth and Durban. While it presented a challenge to more traditional forms of public transport, it also provided a new employment option in a market where jobs were scarce.
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However, the drivers plan to take Uber to the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) to seek redress. The people further explained that they joined Satawu because they saw it as a viable tool to fight the company’s management.
“They [Uber] can dismiss an individual but cannot dismiss an entity,” said Munzvenga.
Uber is currently operating in five African nations, with at least three more in its immediate future. The Taxi is now operating in four: Egypt, Kenya, Ghana and Nigeria.