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Vic Uber fare rise 'an insult' to drivers

AAP logoAAP 26/05/2017 Christopher Talbot

The body representing Melbourne Uber drivers has labelled the company's increase in minimum fares as a "slap in the face" to drivers.

The ride-sharing company plans to increase its minimum trip fee to $6.95, up from $6, and add a 55c booking fee to trips in Melbourne from June 9.

Ride Share Drivers United say it is happy to see "Uber finally going in the right direction" but the size of the increase is "minuscule".

"This is not really going to make much of a difference to drivers' bottom line and most drivers we talked to view this latest Uber increase as an insult," RDSU said in a statement on Saturday.

The RDSU says a sustainable minimum fare is $9.

The group last week wrote to the Fair Work Ombudsman calling for an investigation into Uber's pay rates.

It says once Uber drivers factor in the cost of their car maintenance, petrol and insurance, their wage is typically well below award levels in the transport and hospitality sectors.

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