Unions of VTC drivers and platforms have agreed to impose a minimum rate of €7.65 per trip, but the agreement to be signed on Wednesday January 18 is far from unanimous among the trade unions in the sector where social dialogue is still in its infancy.
The agreement, which provides for the establishment of a minimum income per trip from February 1, has only been ratified by four out of seven unions, including the Association VTC de France (AVF), which weighs 42, 8% of votes.
But for Union (affiliated to the CFDT), the Association of Independent Drivers of Lyon (Acil) and FO – 32.1% between them – it will be no. This new minimum rate – which is roughly equivalent to a €10.20 trip for the consumer – “will not change anything in the daily activity” of drivers, denounced Union in a press release.
“Most” of VTC (Touring Vehicles with Driver) “do not accept small races deemed unprofitable in the face of rising fuel prices and traffic conditions,” explains the union.
Towards “better reliability”?
At Uber, where the minimum income per race is currently €6, we welcome the agreement even if “many of these races were declined because they were not profitable enough”, agrees with AFP Laureline Seyries, general manager of Uber France .
According to her, this agreement “will lead to a better rate of acceptance of trips for drivers and better reliability”. The volume of refused races could fall by 5 to 10%, according to Laureline Seyries.
Introduction of an hourly rate
Union for its part deplored the absence of negotiations on a minimum income. The union calls for the opening of discussions on the establishment of a rate per hour and per kilometer in order to “guarantee a real profitability of the sector”, by remunerating, for example, approach times.
Uber, which has 32,000 drivers using its platform, says it is open to dialogue but “the management of the number of hours spent on the platform raises questions” because drivers can use several applications at the same time, insists Laureline Seyries.
Since last May, the brand new Employment Platforms Regulatory Authority (Arpe) is supposed to organize social dialogue in the sector of VTC drivers and meal delivery, which are very deficient in terms of social rights. The first elections organized in the spring met with very little success with only 1.83% participation among delivery people and 3.91% among VTCs.
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