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Introduction: Class Struggle before Class

Introduction: Class Struggle before Class A G A I N S T the D A Y Todd Wolfson On May 8, 2019, the day before Uber released its IPO (initial public oe ff r - ing), app-based drivers across the world turned off their cell phones and went on strike. These strikes, which took place in dozens of cities from Syd- ney and Sao Paolo to London and Los Angeles, lasted anywhere from two hours to a full day. The goal of the global action was twofold: disrupt the IPO, showing investors and the company that all was not well for workers in the platform economy, while simultaneously illustrating the unified transna - tional nature of this emerging workers’ struggle. One the eve of the strike, six driver-led grassroots organizations across the US released a joint state- ment titled “Why We Are on Strike” (New York Taxi Workers Alliance 2019) In the statement the authors outlined the rationale for the May 8 action: We are calling for a National Day of Action Against Uber, Lyft, and all other App-based For-Hire-Vehicle companies on Wednesday, May 8th to shine light on how Uber and Lyft’s flawed business model pushes hard-working drivers across the US and the globe http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png South Atlantic Quarterly Duke University Press

Introduction: Class Struggle before Class

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Abstract

A G A I N S T the D A Y Todd Wolfson On May 8, 2019, the day before Uber released its IPO (initial public oe ff r - ing), app-based drivers across the world turned off their cell phones and went on strike. These strikes, which took place in dozens of cities from Syd- ney and Sao Paolo to London and Los Angeles, lasted anywhere from two hours to a full day. The goal of the global action was twofold: disrupt the IPO, showing investors and the company that all was not well for workers in the platform economy, while simultaneously illustrating the unified transna - tional nature of this emerging workers’ struggle. One the eve of the strike, six driver-led grassroots organizations across the US released a joint state- ment titled “Why We Are on Strike” (New York Taxi Workers Alliance 2019) In the statement the authors outlined the rationale for the May 8 action: We are calling for a National Day of Action Against Uber, Lyft, and all other App-based For-Hire-Vehicle companies on Wednesday, May 8th to shine light on how Uber and Lyft’s flawed business model pushes hard-working drivers across the US and the globe

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South Atlantic QuarterlyDuke University Press

Published: Apr 1, 2020

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