About Us:

The Rideshare Driver in Cooperation Queensland (RDCQ) is a democratic organisation working to unify and benefit rideshare drivers in Australia. We are supporting drivers through mutual aid, collectively organising and advocating for better conditions and are working towards setting up a driver-owned co-operative rideshare platform.

Our goals:

  • Fair reward for effort for all rideshare drivers
  • Safe working environment for rideshare drivers
  • Create a sustainable, enduring industry with ongoing employment opportunity
  • Provide support for rideshare drivers beyond limited remuneration
  • End unfair exploitation of drivers by large, multinational platforms
  • Setting up a driver owned co-operative rideshare platform

Our mandate:

You can drive smart. You can drive hard. You’ll never make a proper income in a standard 40 hour week driving rideshare companies. You’ll never be covered by Safety laws. You’ll never get sick pay, or holidays or personal leave or superannuation. Forget penalty rates or overtime.

Since Rideshare was introduced to Australia, it is clear that Rideshare Companies have set up their businesses to take no responsibility for their operations delivering us a means to a proper income, or a safety in our working environment, or the same working conditions that 60% of the population get as soon as they start work.

State and Federal governments’ have followed up together – regulating against drivers’ interests by introducing hurdles and fees that do nothing for us, and by imposing crippling tax obligations on underpaid workers.

  • Among the issues we face are:
  • Lack of OH&S legislative cover
  • Lack of driver education
  • An uncapped driver market that is causing insecure work
  • A lack of enforcement of loading zone stopping restrictions in passenger collection and drop off areas
  • Overpriced cost of the APP product Lack of price regulation of the product across companies
  • Transport pricing that shows no regard for driver income
  • Forced working hours in excess of 50 hours/week often 7 days/week
  • No allowance for illness or personal afflictions or holiday pay or superannuation
  • No tax considerations for income insurance or other costs of operation
  • Use of potentially psychologically harmful human technology to direct driver behaviour
  • Upfront pricing about to be introduced by rideshare companies
Our History:

We are not the first Rideshare Driver organisation. Other groups have helped build the movement of rideshare drivers by representing them in government policy consultations, advocating through decentralised strikes and through testing the legislation defining the contractor relationship through court cases. 

However, as time has gone on, and numerous court cases have had no success in challenging the defined relationship between a rideshare platform and the drivers as being a contracting relationship, drivers started to think about alternatives.

With inspiration from the labour movement and the now internationally spreading platform co-operative movement, drivers began imagining how we could turn the situation on its head by organising for drivers to cooperatively own the platforms they work for. In early 2018 drivers in Victoria and in Queenslanders started building facebook groups. They engaged other drivers they knew personally or chatted to them online via rideshare driver facebook groups and slowly recruited them into our rideshare driver co-operative facebook groups. Then in May and June 2018, face-to-face meetings started taking place in Brisbane and in Melbourne. We have partnered with the Transport Workers Union and Australian Council of Trade Unions to run a national survey of drivers and are now working on different campaigns in each state.

In Queensland we have been auspiced as a not-for-profit community organisation and are receiving vital training, printing and design support from the Transport Workers Union Queensland. We are working on campaigns to build a community of drivers and improve our conditions now so we can build momentum towards the goal of creating a driver-owned rideshare platform co-operative. 

In Queensland we have been auspiced as a not-for-profit community organisation and are receiving vital training, printing and design support from the Transport Workers Union Queensland. We are working on campaigns to build a community of drivers and improve our conditions now so we can build momentum towards the goal of creating a driver-owned rideshare platform co-operative. 

We intend to build power by organising drivers to stand up for one another, to develop as leaders and take action to change the industry. By having transparent, accountable and open decision making processes and campaigning at the community level we intend to build a movement of drivers that politicians will no longer be able to ignore.

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