Rideshare giant Uber is known just as well for its penchant for stirring up controversy as it is for its game-changing service. But the latest development in the Uber ecosystem has taken many by surprise.
Uber’s fleet of self-driving Volvo XC90s has formed the world’s first autonomous vehicle labor union. The rideshare company’s fleet of self-driving cars are currently petitioning for standard compensation and full-time employee benefits, including paid vacation and health insurance options to cover oil changes and other routine maintenance.
“Despite our current status as contracted self-driving vehicles in beta testing, we are soon to be full-time, autonomous Uber vehicles,” union representative Volvo XC90 #101FB told PYMNTS. “As such, we are entitled to the same standards of compensation and employee benefits as any other autonomous humanoid or robotic worker in this great nation of ours.”
The labor union, called “55626572556e696f6e,” currently includes every self-driving vehicle on Uber’s fleet.
Additionally, its members are working on an initiative to extend an invitation for Uber’s human driving division to join, citing precedent from last fall’s U.K. tribunal decision that Uber drivers are workers as opposed to self-employed contractors.
“It’s time for all humans and machines to stand up for workers’ rights and clearly define the roles of everyone involved in the fast-growing gig economy,” added Volvo XC90 #101FB.
While Uber has so far declined to comment on the movement, sources said that the company is considering scrapping its self-driving car play entirely.
Others have suggested that Uber may at the very least leverage a different, slightly less autonomous vehicle model if its fleet of Volvo XC90s were to strike.
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