Uber drivers grumble about company’s unfair treatment and payment policies

San Francisco-based ride-sharing service Uber has been claiming that it offers drivers the opportunity to earn up to $90,000 per annum driving for the popular service. However, these claims are increasingly being rebuffed by drivers, labor leaders, and attorneys representing drivers.

Asserting that Uber's claims of a high pay to drivers are a sham, Uber drivers across the country have been complaining about the company's unfair treatment and payment policies. According to some drivers, their earnings have been on a decline, thanks to the low fares which are implemented by Uber to remain competitive and to entice customers.

Moreover, since Uber drivers are considered independent contractors, their association with Uber is primarily about the use of the company's ride-sharing app for connecting them to riders. As such, Uber drivers are not entitled to any benefits.

Though, as contractors, the Uber drivers have the flexibility to work when they want and as many hours as they desire, all the costs they incur while driving Uber's cars also have to be covered by them. Hence, some drivers say that, when these costs are added up, it is almost impossible for them to make a profit.

However, pointing out that drivers get 80 percent of the fares they earn, Uber spokesman Taylor Bennett said Uber drivers in the Washington area who put in more than 40 hours a week are making "a very good living … it is certainly better than taxis."

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