Taxi drivers demonstrate in front of Uber’s headquarters in Amsterdam. Photo for illustration.Photo: ANP/Evert Elzinga

Several taxi drivers who perform rides for Uber held a protest in front of the headquarters of the taxi platform in Amsterdam last Friday. According to AT5, the Uber drivers protested because they want to earn more.

The drivers demand, among other things, a fare increase due to inflation and rising fuel prices. In addition, the Uber drivers want Uber Saver and the Bolt Economy functions to disappear immediately. Finally, they demand minimum rates for each platform.

Letter “Last Friday there were indeed some taxi drivers at the door,” Rick Janse Kok, Head of Communications Northern Europe at Uber, looks back on that Friday the 12e. “They then handed us a letter. We are studying that letter and would like to talk to these drivers afterwards. That meeting will be scheduled shortly. There has already been contact with the relevant drivers. We take this very seriously. The sound has arrived.”

The main demand of the Uber drivers is that they want to earn more money. When asked whether the originally American taxi platform shares that opinion, Janse Kok replies: “We have a common interest. Namely, that the prices are at the optimum level possible. We strive for the driver to get the most out of a trip. At the same time, we try to ensure that as many passengers as possible continue to use the app. If you set the prices too high, you also have fewer customers. That is ultimately also unfavorable for the drivers.”

Appeal On 2022 December ruled the court in The Hague that Uber was not wronged when the collective labor agreement for healthcare transport and taxi was declared universally binding by the minister. Uber filed this case because they did not want the new collective labor agreement to possibly also apply to the company. The taxi platform stated that declaring it universally binding was not allowed at all. A declaration that is generally binding can only be rendered inoperative by summary proceedings if it is “manifestly unlawful”. According to the judges in this case, that was not the case.

“For us, this ruling means that the decision of the minister to declare the collective labor agreement generally binding remains in place,” says Janse Kok. According to him, this ruling has no financial consequences for Uber. “The situation is the same as before. So nothing has changed.”

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