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Uber Drivers to go on Strike Ahead of IPO

Uber filed its IPO process last month with the public filing of its prospectus. It would be listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) under the symbol “UBER”

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Photo shows an exterior view of the headquarters of Uber in San Francisco. (VOA)

Uber drivers are reportedly mulling to go on strike ahead of the ride-hailing giant’s initial public offering (IPO).

Drivers in cities, including Los Angeles, New York City and London, would join the strike and log off the apps from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. ET on Wednesday, May 8.

“Wall Street investors are telling Uber and Lyft to cut down on driver income, stop incentives and go faster to Driverless Cars,” Bhairavi Desai, Executive Director of the New York Taxi Workers Alliance, was quoted as saying by the CNET late on Monday.

“With the IPO, Uber’s corporate owners are set to make billions, all while drivers are left in poverty and go bankrupt.”

Participants would also hold a rally at Uber’s and Lyft’s New York headquarters at 1 p.m. ET.

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The New York drivers’ demands include greater job security, higher incomes and regulated fare for rides.

“Drivers are at the heart of our service — we can’t succeed without them — and thousands of people come into work at Uber every day focused on how to make their experience better, on and off the road,” an Uber representative was quoted as saying by CNET.

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Uber filed its IPO process last month with the public filing of its prospectus. It would be listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) under the symbol “UBER”.

The company noted that as of December 31, 2018, it had 91 million, or 9.1 crore, monthly active platform users. There were 3.9 million, or 39 lakh, drivers on the platform by the end of 2018. (IANS)

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Uber Partners With Flipkart To Help in Providing Essential items To People in 3 Indian Cities

"Flipkart remains committed to supporting our customers and we are mobilising all possible options to deliver essential supplies to people who are staying indoors," added Rajneesh Kumar, Chief Corporate Affairs Officer, Flipkart

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"Uber will not charge any commission, enabling drivers to keep 100 per cent of billed amounts," said Prabhjeet Singh, Director-Operations and Head of Cities, Uber India and South Asia. Wikimedia Commons

Ride-hailing company Uber on Monday announced a partnership with etailer Flipkart to help provide essentials items to people in Bengaluru, Mumbai and Delhi.

The aim is to keep vital supply chains running and address the growing needs of Flipkart customers to receive essential goods at their doorsteps every day, both the companies said in a statement.

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Millions of people are facing trouble in getting groceries, fruits, milk and vegetables delivered at home, amid acute manpower shortage and supply chain issues being faced by both the retail outlets and online delivery platforms.

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Ride-hailing company Uber on Monday announced a partnership with etailer Flipkart to help provide essentials items to people in Bengaluru, Mumbai and Delhi. Wikimedia Commons

“Uber will not charge any commission, enabling drivers to keep 100 per cent of billed amounts,” said Prabhjeet Singh, Director-Operations and Head of Cities, Uber India and South Asia.

In line with the government guidelines and to maintain safety and hygiene for containing the spread of COVID-19, all drivers associated with this service are being provided masks, gloves, sanitisers and safety training.

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“Flipkart remains committed to supporting our customers and we are mobilising all possible options to deliver essential supplies to people who are staying indoors,” added Rajneesh Kumar, Chief Corporate Affairs Officer, Flipkart. (IANS)

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Uber and Breakthrough Join Hands to Help End Gender-Based Violence

Uber, Breakthrough launch campaign over gender violence

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Uber has announced a partnership with Breakthrough, a non-profit organisation to help end gender-based violence across the country. Pixabay

Ride-hailing major Uber has announced a partnership with Breakthrough, a non-profit organisation to help end gender-based violence across the country.

As part of the collaboration, Breakthrough– which works to reduce violence against women and girls in India, has launched a campaign –#IgnoreNoMore, which encourages bystander intervention and supports collective action to end gender-based violence in public spaces.

The campaign seeks to encourage bystander intervention and collective action to end gender-based violence in public spaces.

“#IgnoreNoMore is designed to drive awareness, inspire action and encourage more Indians to say “no more” to gender-based violence and bystander apathy,” said Sohini Bhattacharya, President and CEO, Breakthrough.

“The campaign will push people to understand their own role as changemakers for building safer public spaces. We are pleased that Uber is committed to becoming an industry leader on this issue,” Bhattacharya added.

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Uber has also brought its global “Driving Change” campaign to India. Wikimedia Commons

Crimes against women and girls, especially in public spaces, have seen a steady rise in recent years, the NGO said. The #IgnoreNoMore campaign aims to raise awareness on how bystanders can become agents of change rather than just spectators.

The approach will empower bystanders to recognise unhealthy and problematic behaviour and intervene before abuse or assault takes place. The Uber has also brought its global “Driving Change” campaign to India.

“Sexual assault and gender-based violence don’t belong anywhere in our communities. Helping keep people safe is a huge responsibility and one we do not take lightly,” said Pavan Vaish, Head of Central Operations, India, Uber.

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“We’re committing major funding for awareness and prevention programmes with members of courageous, thought-leading organizations like Breakthrough and we will continue to seek advice from them on how we can do more to prevent violence and to help keep women safe,” Vaish added. (IANS)

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Over 90,000 Drivers Benefit From Uber’s Driver Welfare Programme

According to Uber, till date, micro-loans worth Rs 35.6 crore have been facilitated for thousands of drivers

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As part of socio-economic initiatives, the programme by Uber also considers education, basic needs, creating opportunities for making money and the social system, among others. Wikimedia Commons

Global ride hailing giant Uber on Thursday announced over 90,000 drivers have benefitted from its driver welfare programme — Uber Care — in one year.

Launched in 2018, Uber Care provides easy access to life insurance, family health insurance, micro-loan, etc to drivers. The top five cities where the maximum number of drivers were impacted are Delhi, Bangaluru, Mumbai, Hyderabad and Pune.

“At Uber, we believe our role doesn’t end at creating opportunities by providing a platform to drivers. We have created a community of millions of drivers, and we continue to engage with them with a view to providing them with more to enrich their lives,” Pavan Vaish, Head of Central Operations, Uber India SA, said in a statement.

As part of socio-economic initiatives, the programme also considers education, basic needs, creating opportunities for making money and the social system, among others.

Health initiatives include medical check ups, and treatments of drivers and their families.

“Through our driver welfare arm, Uber Care, we have been successful in supporting and empowering thousands of drivers with improved access to life and health insurance, financial support, children’s education, and medical consultations.

“As we move ahead, we envision further strengthening access and impact of Uber Care, thereby enhancing drivers’ overall well being on and off the road,” he added.

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Global ride hailing giant Uber on Thursday announced over 90,000 drivers have benefitted from its driver welfare programme — Uber Care — in one year. Wikimedia Commons

According to Uber, till date, micro-loans worth Rs 35.6 crore have been facilitated for thousands of drivers.

As part of Uber Kifayat, 34,000 car servicing packages have been facilitated, thus, resulting in overall savings worth Rs 95 lakh.

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The ride hailing major has also partnered with NGOs and experts to make the right to education more accessible to drivers’ children. (IANS)