The Australian Financial Review (AU) article AUSTRALIA: UberEats train drivers will be paid for their time but passengers will not.
On Monday, UberEAT drivers will receive $4,200 ($4,800 with tax and a $1,500 surcharge) for every hour of work they undertake on the train.
That money is the equivalent of $8,500 in wage payments, but it does not include overtime, the company said.
It is the first time UberEat drivers will have a say in how much money is collected.
They are expected to pay more than the $5,400 that Uber paid a driver last year, when the company’s $40 million settlement with the Federal Government came into effect.
The payment is the same amount the driver would have received had he worked all night and worked overtime.
“UberEats drivers are not unionised and they have been for decades.
We’ve made it clear that we will not negotiate with drivers who are not willing to work all hours, on time, and on a contract,” UberEaters General Manager for Australian Operations, Rob Leithart, said in a statement.
UberEATS driver John McEwan, who is from Sydney, said it was disappointing that the company had decided to settle rather than seek legal action.
“I don’t know why the company has decided to do this at this stage, it was a great idea and a great way to make the company a little bit better for the people who are driving it,” he said.
“It was nice to be paid by UberEating.
I have a pretty good sense of who’s paying the bills.”
UberEaters drivers are part of a new union that represents UberEATER drivers.
John McEwing is a Sydney UberEater who is also a driver for the service.
He said he had worked for UberEATES for more than 20 years and was surprised by the company and its actions.
He said the company was not providing a fair wage and had no right to pay the driver $8k in overtime.
“Uber is just being greedy.
I think they’ve got a lot of cash and they’re going to get some of it back,” he told the ABC.
McEwing said he wanted UberEates drivers to be compensated for their work.
While UberEATING drivers will get the $4k payment, passengers will be entitled to $1.50 per hour.
I’m not really happy about the decision.
It’s not the way the country’s business should be run.
I want the industry to work fairly, I think it’s a good thing to do, he said on Monday.
But he said UberEATED drivers were not happy about what he called Uber’s “unacceptable” conduct on the bus and the train, including being ordered to stop eating while driving and refusing to move a table that was sitting on the tracks.
UberEAT passengers will receive a $5 payment for every $1 spent on the service, but that is not enough to cover the $7,000 in UberEATE driver wages.
We’re just not going to be able to pay for our costs, McEwen said.
UberEATTLETS drivers are eligible for the full $4.5 million in wage benefits.
Despite the settlement, Uber has still been criticised for some of its conduct.
An investigation by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission into the conduct of UberEATT passengers found the company did not pay for any meal breaks, did not provide workers with breaks in the event of illness, didnt pay for breaks in transit or in the absence of a trip, and did not adequately train drivers.
In a statement on Monday, the ACCC said the commission’s investigation revealed “there were a number of instances in which UberEACT drivers were paid less than the statutory minimum wage, for example a driver was paid $10 less than he was entitled to, in one case by $10 per hour, and in another case, by $5 per hour”.
“Uber also failed to provide workers the required training to work on the UberEAST trains,” it said.
“It also failed in failing to ensure that UberEETAT drivers were provided with training for working on the EATS trains.”
Uber is expected to appeal the decision to the Federal Court.
Transport Minister Simon Birmingham said he was pleased that the ACCCM had concluded that the conduct UberEATOR drivers had described was unacceptable.
“We’ve been very clear that if Uber has any concerns about the way it conducts itself and the way that the industry conducts itself they should make those concerns known to us and they should do it through the ACCCN,” he had said.