Uber Technologies Inc on Thursday for the primary time detailed how a lot it has spent to help its ride-hail drivers and meals supply staff in the course of the coronavirus disaster, which has battered the corporate and compelled it to put off hundreds of workers.
The firm mentioned in a weblog publish that it had spent $19 million as of mid-May in direct two-week monetary help to a complete of practically 48,900 drivers worldwide who had been contaminated by the coronavirus or ordered to quarantine.
Half of that quantity was paid out to 12,350 drivers and supply staff within the United States and Canada, Uber’s largest market and the place it has some 1.three million drivers.
Under this system introduced in mid-March, North American drivers acquired a median of practically $650, however payout quantities different broadly by location, with Uber limiting the utmost cost per metropolis and calculating help based mostly on prior earnings.
Uber didn’t present a breakdown of funds in different international locations, however a spokesman mentioned monetary help has been offered in all the greater than 70 international locations it operates in.
The spokesman mentioned drivers’ demand for help additionally different relying on the prevailing social security web in particular person international locations.
Ride-hail drivers in on-line boards have complained about an arduous approval course of to obtain monetary help. In the United States, many drivers additionally struggled to obtain unemployment advantages, sometimes reserved for workers.
Uber insists its drivers are impartial contractors, however in March it urged the US President Donald Trump to incorporate gig-economy staff in a federal coronavirus aid invoice so drivers may obtain unemployment advantages.
Uber beforehand mentioned it has allotted $50 million to produce drivers with masks and disinfectants and bought some 28 million masks. Almost half 1,000,000 drivers and supply folks have acquired security provides thus far, the corporate mentioned.
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