uberTMG Digital reports that about 500 Uber drivers have joined the SA Transport and Allied Workers’ Union (Satawu) in an attempt to institute legal action against Uber.  

Satawu spokesperson Zanele Sabela indicated that the union was approached by Uber drivers in Cape Town three weeks ago to request assistance as they were unhappy with their working conditions.  Sabela stated:  "The drivers say the rates Uber is charging are too low‚ as low as R7 per km at times.  These are not competitive rates and the drivers are not getting much out of it.  They also complain that Uber is able to kick drivers off the system without consultation if their rating falls below a certain level.  This is obviously tantamount to dismissal if one’s only occupation is driving an Uber."  The union has referred the matter to its legal team and will be guided “by what our lawyers say."

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