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Drivers shut down Uber

Aldgate, London. Wed 8 May 2019



 UPHD stewards stand ready to guide drivers to park in the nearside lane of the road

  UPHD co-founder James Farrar

 

 

 The drivers left the cycle lane open

 

 

 A PA system played loud music

 

 and UPHD members waved flags

 Traffic continued to flow on the outside lane

 

 

 

 Drivers march to the corner

 where there was to be a brief rally largely for the TV crews who had come to cover the strike

 

 

 

 

 It was prayer time, and some of the drivers put down the flags in a quiet corner to use a prayer mats

 

 

 

 

 while others continued the protest

 

 Drivers line up with banners

 and IWGB President Henry Chango Lopez leads some chanting against Uber. Drivers want a larger share of

 the fares and fairer treatment by Uber, including proper employment rights as workers

 Drivers say they earn much less than the minimum wage for the hours they work

  UPHD co-founder James Farrar holds a placard 'Uber Driving us into Poverty'

 

 

 Uber's market launch will make its owners rich, but the drivers will get nothing from it

 

Someone sets off a smoke flare

 and it is kicked out onto the pavement in front of the banner

 where a police officer comes to pick it up. He doesn't know how to deal with it, and eventually

 walks away and drops it in a corner as it runs out

 

 

 

 

The front of the row of UPHD drivers cars is in front of a large electronic billboard - which has ads for Uber

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