Hi. Do you have a local taxi company? Do they have a union? If so, use them. Pay a little extra and up the chances they'll steal staff from Uber. My local taxis have an app that's efficient enough and they're all really scared they're going to lose the company that protects their rights to a company that exploits people
I know that sometimes people like to start driving uber because they can do it part time, but many taxi companies are flexible with their employment. even if the up front costs seem steep you can cab share
@caraellison our taxi companies in #Ipswich #Suffolk have had good reliable online apps for 10 years before Uber (I only realised this when I noticed less activity on my radio scanner from taxi comms), they treat their staff well and are no more expensive (I'm not even sure if anyone even uses Uber round here as there is little gain in doing so).
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@caraellison @seanl Agreed, Uber & co came about by selling the dream of "removal of the (inefficient, unnecessary, etc) middleman" ..When they were actually selling the protections of both customers & ground-level workers that those structures were obliged to enforce, and taking the role of the middleman for themselves.
This is not to conclude "Bosses = Good" but that there needs to be accountability for equitable exchange, which in turn implies organisation & oversight.
@caraellison Possibly, but that can be done by a certification organization. Under the current system, you get stuff like NYC having the same number of cabs today as it did in the '30s. It benefits existing companies & drivers at the expense riders and anyone shut out of driving for numerical rather than safety reasons.
@caraellison yup. But unless we organize the members of the gig economy as well, companies like Uber will be able to use their greater exploitation to lower prices, letting them break unions and claim they're more 'productive'. They're not, they're just trading temporary stolen value for market share.
Buy Union, of course - but also expand unions.