VIDEO – drivers block this Thursday, the Porte Maillot and near the paris airports. They want mainly better compensation. Uber, the number one in this market, has opened discussions with some of the organizations since the start of the school in order to take better account of these needs.
This is the fourth event of the VTC in just over a year. Hundreds of drivers VTC started to gather Thursday morning at porte Maillot in Paris to demand better pay and denounce the “humiliation” that they deliver, according to them, the reservation platform. Was 07: 30, nearly 150 sedan black, were parked in front of the palais des Congrès, the drivers talking on the quiet under the gaze of the police, but the movement was still possible. “Uber seller’s dream,” “Uber=modern slavery” or even “Uber=nightmare for drivers”, read the banners deployed.
The organizers (Unsa-VTC, Active-VTC and CAPA-VTC) said they expect between 500 and 3,000 drivers, some who came from Lyon, Lille, Nantes or Strasbourg. Other actions are planned in the vicinity of the airports of Orly and Roissy, as Nice, Toulouse, according to the union SCP/VTC (affiliated to Unsa). In Paris, the rendez-vous had been given from 06: 00 on the place de la Porte Maillot, for a start in the middle of the day in the direction of the headquarters of Uber, rue de Cambrai in the north-east of Paris. The drivers came to say stop “to the commissions excessive, disconnect and abuse of drivers by the platform, and humiliation”, according to the SCP-VTC, which also denounces the tariff policy implemented in the profession.
The recent increase in the price of Uber in Paris, announced as the day of action on Thursday was in preparation, has not calmed the anger of the associations of drivers, because the us giant has noted that, in the same time the commission taken on each race. For its part, the fédération CFDT des transports calls on the drivers to log out of applications of VTC, rather than manifest. “It is necessary to show that drivers are essential to the exercise of the activity of the platforms,” explains Fabian Tosolini, assistant secretary general of the CFDT Transport.
The approach may be different, but the demands are the same: to improve the profitability of this activity for the drivers. Capa-VTC technology, and the “higher pricing and lower commissions” in order to justify the movement. “The heart of the profession, is to win more when you’re carrying people, which is not really the case with Uber where the pricing is done more at the time than a kilometer,” says Fabian Tosolini. The trade unionist advanced the last tariff increase decreed by Uber, which includes a growth of 20% per minute but only 5% of the kilometer. As the commission charged by the app has also increased, the driver finally less than a kilometer.
This increase shows, however, that the american society is starting to respond to this discontent of drivers. Uber dropped its prices on a unilateral basis by October 2015, which is at the origin of this malaise. To take account of these claims, Uber has decided to listen. Commissions have been installed, bringing together some of the drivers and organizations together. Other companies of the VTC, as AlloCab or Marcel, also discuss with their drivers.
at the same time, a first meeting of six hours was held on Monday 12 December between the French leaders Uber and the representatives of the CFDT. The discussions were more wide as the only compensation, since they also dealt with the regulation of the VTC on the airports, the technical constraints relating to vehicles, powertrains “green” of these vehicles or the social protection of drivers. This subject is called upon to take a great importance in the future. The drivers are self-employed, and their status is particularly fragile. Evolution is without doubt desirable, but it faces a requalification possible employees. Which may affect the economic model of the sector as a whole. A complaint to the Ursaff has already been filed against Uber, but the judgment has not yet been made.