Uber drivers to strike on September 28th and October 6th

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Uber drivers to strike on September 28th and October 6th

Two separately-organised strikes of Uber drivers are coming up over the next few weeks

The App Drivers and Couriers Union (ADCU) has called for a national Uber strike on Tuesday September 28th. The strike is expected to be observed in at least eight cities, with demonstrations planned to start at 1pm on the day in each of the following locations:

BIRMINGHAM
Aston Cross Business Park, Ground Floor, Fazeley House, 50 Rocky Ln, Birmingham B6 5RQ

BRISTOL
The Coach house, Uber, Upper York St, Bristol BS2 8QN

GLASGOW
The Pentagon Centre, BizSpace, 36 Washington St, Glasgow G3 8AZ

LEEDS
Unit 58, Flexspace, Burley Road, Leeds LS4 2PU

LONDON
Uber Greenlight Hub London, Beaufort House, 15 St Botolph St, London EC3A 7DT

MANCHESTER
Building 4, Devonshire St North, Manchester M12 6JH

NOTTINGHAM
Unit C, King Edward Court, Nottingham NG1 1EL

SHEFFIELD
Spaces Acero, 1 Concourse Way, Sheffield S1 2BJ

Explaining the issues and demands behind the strike, the ADCU write: “There are three key points of dispute which has now led this to latest strike action:

· Uber’s failure to implement the Supreme Court ruling and pay waiting time which makes up around 40% of an Uber driver’s working time.

· The introduction of fixed price fares and the abandonment of variable fares which were based on actual time and distance travelled. This has led to reduced driver incomes and greater financial risk.

· Unfair dismissals without recourse. Uber’s introduction of a flawed real time identification and surveillance system in particular has led to many drivers being wrongly dismissed without right of appeal.

The union is making three key demands of Uber to immediately remedy the situation:

· Uber to pay all working time including waiting time and respect the Supreme Court ruling.

· An end to up front pricing, an increase of fares from £1.25 per mile to £2.00 per mile and for Uber to reduce its commission take from 25% to 15%.

· An end to unfair dismissals without right of appeal. Uber must also withdraw the use of the so-called Real Time ID surveillance and facial recognition system.”

The ADCU is a new union which was formed after a recent split in the IWGB union. The United Private Hire Drivers, the IWGB branch covering drivers, does not seem to be endorsing the September 28th strike call, and are instead asking Uber drivers to strike on Wednesday October 6th. Their demands for that strike are:

• Better rate per mile
• 15% max commission
• Transparency of charges on customers
• No fixed rate trips
• 50% surcharge on out of area trips
• No more unfair deactivations
• Reinstatement of unfairly deactivated drivers

The IWGB/UPHD are also planning a public protest in London to coincide with their strike, asking supporters to:

“Bring your car & join us to strike & protest together on 6 October at 10am. Meeting point: 10am at ASDA Car Park, Stepney Green, 123 Mile End Road, E1 4UJ Then drive to protest location at: Uber HQ, Aldgate Tower, London E1 8QN for 11am.”

They have also set up a strike WhatsApp group, which can be accessed via a QR code which can be found here.

Solidarity With Trans Prisoners: Noise Demo at HMP Doncaster.

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January 22nd is International Day of Solidarity With Trans Prisoners, a day to highlight the struggles of our siblings behind bars and fight for a world without prisons.

Following the tragic and preventable death of Jenny Swift last month we will be demonstrating outside HMP Doncaster at 4pm after visiting hours. Wrap up warm, bring torches, glow sticks, sparklers, bright things, and things to make noise – we want to be loud enough for the people held inside to hear and let them know they’re not forgotten. Sound systems, loudhalers, drums, pots and pans, anything you can think of! facebook event

HMP Doncaster is 22 mins walk from Doncaster train station, well connected by rail. Manchester No Prisons are organising minibuses from Manchester and will be able to shuttle people from the station to the prison and back on the day, Leeds Action for Trans Health are coming from Leeds, Sheffield Action for Trans Health and Queer Agenda Sheffield – QASh are organising lifts from Sheffield. We’ll update with more information about lifts as it becomes avalable – comment on the event if you’re driving and have spaces going.

Love and rage,

Action for Trans Health

Sheffied Wobblies visit the Workers Economy Conference in Occupied French Factory.

BOOK NOW for Breaking the Frame: a gathering on the politics of technology. May 2nd – 5th at Unstone Grange near Sheffield.

You can book via – our website here – either on the form there or you can download a booking form to email/print and post.

We are committed to making sure that no-one is excluded for financial reasons, so we are subsiding places to make sure the gathering is as cheap as possible. There will be childcare available during the daytime so parents can fully participate in the gathering.

About the gathering:

Together with Scientists for Global Responsibility and Corporate Watch, in May Luddites 200 is organising a gathering on the politics of technology. The Breaking the Frame Gathering will bring together campaigns on the technology politics of food, energy/climate/environment, the military, work/economics/austerity, the internet, civil liberties/privacy, health and gender etc, as well as trade unionists, radical scientists, artists and developers of alternative technologies.

The basic idea behind the gathering is to create a network that can support people’s work on issues connected to technology. Being linked with other organisations facing similar challenges will help strengthen your campaigns, and may give you a broader perspective on your issues. It will also help create a new critical mass to challenge the forces that many groups are trying to fight in isolation.

We want to overcome the fragmented single-issue, reactive approach that dominates the way we deal with technology. Technology is a major force shaping the whole development of our society, including the issues you work on, yet we never have a democratic debate about it until it’s nearly too late, e.g. when Monsanto starts putting GM soya in our food. We think it’s time for a much more systematic and joined-up approach to technology that overcomes the democratic deficit in this area.

We need to develop a new approach, based on bringing together the insights of different campaigns and movements, sharing skills, and learning from each other. The need for a systematic approach to technology is more urgent than ever as we face environmental crisis caused by 200 years of industrial capitalism, whilst new technologies threaten to massively re-shape our society.

For more information about the gathering, please take a look at – our website We are also on Facebook at ‘Breaking the Frame’ and on Twitter at @framebreaking. You can reply to this email or contact us at
luddites200@yahoo.co.uk if you have any questions.

Picket your local Pizza Hut

IWW members at Pizza Hut in Sheffield have called for a day of action against Pizza Hut, and their continual failings to engage with organised workers. A continuing dispute over bank holiday pay and delivery drivers commission, has not reached a satisfactory conclusion despite our continued attempts to discuss this with management and their reassurance that they take us seriously. As a result we have decided to hold a day of action against Pizza Hut, where we will be holding a protest outside our Sheffield store, and we encourage, and request that, other IWW branches and supporters to do the same. This will be held on the 4th of Feb at 1pm. We intend to keep it going as long as our energy allows. We also believe that this will allow Fellow Workers the opportunity to organise Pizza Hut workers around the country.

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