After shocking revelation of 24,000 physical assaults and threatened assaults of Uber drivers from 2017-2020, 100,000-member app worker coalition calls for immediate action from Uber and Lyft to ensure driver safety
NEW YORK, NY – Reeling from the brutal murder of Justice for App Workers and UTANY member Jorge Hernandez, the largest app worker coalition representing over 100,000 members today called for immediate industry reforms as Uber today confirmed that more than 350 of their drivers and delivery workers have been carjacked in the past five years – and 28 murdered while working. The findings also confirm that from 2017 to 2020, Uber drivers have reported 24,000 physical assaults and threatened assaults.
“We are sickened by this news, but not surprised. I myself have experienced dangerous situations while driving, along with thousands of Justice for App Workers members,” said Naomi Ogutu, Co-chair of Justice for App Workers. “Justice for App Workers calls for dash cams, panic buttons, and greater transparency around unsafe customers to ensure our safety while driving and delivering. And when we are attacked, our lives do not matter. We call for app companies to be held accountable for any assault on a driver or delivery worker.”
Rideshare drivers with Justice for App Workers are available for comment on this recent revelation and the immediate reforms necessary from Uber and Lyft to end the deadly working conditions workers are operating in.
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