Uber Applied sciences Inc on Thursday for the primary time detailed how a lot it has spent to assist its ride-hail drivers and meals supply employees throughout the coronavirus disaster, which has battered the corporate and compelled it to put off 1000’s of staff.
The corporate mentioned in a weblog publish that it had spent $19 million as of mid-Might in direct two-week monetary help to a complete of almost 48,900 drivers worldwide who have been contaminated by the coronavirus or ordered to quarantine.
Half of that quantity was paid out to 12,350 drivers and supply employees in the USA and Canada, Uber’s largest market and the place it has some 1.three million drivers.
Underneath this system introduced in mid-March, North American drivers acquired a mean of almost $650, however payout quantities diversified extensively by location, with Uber limiting the utmost fee per metropolis and calculating assist primarily based on prior earnings.
Uber didn’t present a breakdown of funds in different international locations, however a spokesman mentioned monetary help has been supplied in all the greater than 70 international locations it operates in.
The spokesman mentioned drivers’ demand for assist additionally diversified relying on the present social security web in particular person international locations.
Journey-hail drivers in on-line boards have complained about an arduous approval course of to obtain monetary assist. In the USA, many drivers additionally struggled to obtain unemployment advantages, sometimes reserved for workers.
Uber insists its drivers are unbiased contractors, however in March it urged the US President Donald Trump to incorporate gig-economy employees in a federal coronavirus reduction invoice so drivers might obtain unemployment advantages.
Uber beforehand mentioned it has allotted $50 million to provide drivers with masks and disinfectants and bought some 28 million masks. Nearly half one million drivers and supply folks have acquired security provides thus far, the corporate mentioned.
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