…ell-being. Uber seems to have mastered the art of suffocating it. No, really. Let’s count the ways. It essentially takes well-being from its drivers, shortchanging them of what Americans call “benefits”, and the rest of the world calls basic rights (to healthcare, pensions, and so on), working against their every kind of flourishing. It manipulates information to leave societies, dr…
As I understood it, Uber was there not to become a full-time job, but to allow people to make a few extra bucks shuttling riders around when you were headed that way anyway. If you’re not creating something designed for full-time work, why would you be expected to provide any sort of benefits, pensions, etc? If the folks using your service choose — of their own volition — to turn this into more than a part-time side hustle, then they do so with their eyes wide-open as to what Uber does and doesn’t provide. Complaining that something designed as a part-time job doesn’t offer full-time benefits is akin to ordering a steak at Burger King and complaining when you get a hamburger.
This is not to say that Uber didn’t do about 932874059832749 other things wrong. But claiming they didn’t provide a workforce that was designed to be part-time with a full-time package is utterly silly.
And the fact that many Uber drivers chose to work the equivalent of full-time hours because they either couldn’t or wouldn’t go find other full-time employment is in no way Uber’s concern.
Otherwise, you should start complaining that neighborhood parents aren’t matching 401k contributions for their Friday-night babysitters.