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Lyft drivers´ hourly earnings have increased over the past two years and surpassed $10 billion, the company said in a statement. Though organizers in Chicago aren't telling drivers to strike, thousands are expected to turn off their apps anyway with their colleagues in other cities.

Lyft, which has almost 40% of the USA ride-sharing market, said increased demand helped push revenue to $776 million in the quarter, 95% above its $397.2 million a year earlier, and up 16% from its fourth quarter.

"There is no benefit in driving for Uber.my life was much better just as a cook", said 26-year-old Raut. Most investors, he suggests, are already aware of the ongoing issues between Uber and its drivers. "On average, Lyft drivers earn over $20 per hour". "The greed has got to end".

Desai said investors should be cautious about buying into a ride-hailing company like Uber, "Part of these protests. was to say to investors 'you really need to think twice, because your business model will have to shift or you will not be able to maintain a workforce'".

The drivers' demands are simple - as Vox reports, they are calling for a better rate of pay, to be let into the process that the app uses to calculate fares, to be granted both health and disability insurance, and to have an important stake in how the company shapes and redevelops its future.

A Lyft ride hailing vehicle moves through traffic in Manhattan on July 30, 2018 in New York City. Lyft raked in more than $2 billion in its own IPO in March, only to see its stock fall almost 20% below its offering price amid concerns about its ability to make money - a challenge magnified by another loss of $1.1 billion during the first three months of the year.

WASHINGTON: Rideshare drivers in major U.S. cities were set to stage a series of strikes and protests Wednesday, casting a shadow over the keenly anticipated Wall Street debut of sector leader Uber.

Uber drivers from Australia to the United Kingdom, including in at least 10 USA cities, are logging off the app Wednesday to protest the company's Friday IPO offering. It's likely to be one of the 10 largest IPOs of all time in the U.S. NY drivers are demandingan end to sudden account deactivations and the right to appeal through the courts. The deals rankled drivers groups, which accused the companies of profiting off drivers' misfortune.

Uber did not respond to Al Jazeera's request for comment but, in a statement to United States media, a representative for the company said: "Whether it's more consistent earnings, stronger insurance protections or fully-funded four-year degrees for drivers or their families, we'll continue working to improve the experience for and with drivers".

Members of the European Parliament "approved minimum rights for workers with on-demand, voucher-based or platform jobs, like Uber or Deliveroo", the statement says. At the same time, its operating losses for the quarter increased by almost 371% to $1.16 billion, which hurt investors' sentiments.

Uber expects to be valued at more than $114 billion in its imminent big day on Wall Street.

In a tweet, the Rideshare Co-operative showed how Uber used surge-pricing incentives to lure drivers in Sydney to work today in order to counter-balance striking drivers. The atmosphere was more festive than tense as a brass band played and protestors chanted, "What do we want?"

The Guild organized a caravan of Uber drivers across the Brooklyn Bridge Wednesday.

The New York Post described this morning's New York driver's strike as "a flop".

The strike action kicked off in London at 7 a.m. local time and will last until 4 p.m., according to James Farrar, a spokesperson for the Independent Workers Union of Great Britain, which advocates for people working in the gig economy.